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I had second thoughts about Thatcher role: Meryl Streep

hollywood Updated: Jan 02, 2012 19:21 IST

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Hollywood actress Meryl Streep says she suffered a severe crisis of confidence on the set of new movie The Iron Lady after spending just seven days preparing for her role as Margaret Thatcher.

The 62-year-old Oscar-winning actress stepped into the shoes of the famous former Prime Minister for the film and recently said she only had a week to practice Thatcher's voice and posture, Daily Star reported.

"I got on a plane and I had not done her. So day one was a bit not great, but there were all these splendid English actors at Pinewood and you've got to love other actors they gave me my belief. And you really have to believe, right to the soles of your feet," she said.

On the second day of filming, Streep was required to shoot a major scene in the movie but her doubts about playing Thatcher were creeping in.

"I was so freaked out. But sometimes a bath of fire is good when it's terrifying and hard and ridiculous that's good... Sometimes I got hysterical and lost my mind and thought, I don't think I can do this.Phyllida would say, Yes you can..."

"It's good to be nervous, insecure that's a very good thing. I mean, it's horrible, but it's the thing that enables you to understand weakness. And often you need to know what that is," she added.