When Meryl Streep was thought too ugly for King Kong role

  • ANI, Melbourne
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2015 14:47 IST

Meryl Streep has revealed that she once lost King Kong role because she was considered ugly.

The 65-year-old acclaimed actor told Graham Norton that she was asked to audition for the film in the mid-70s by producer Dino De Laurentis’ son, who had seen her in a play.

Streep said De Laurentiis had asked his son in Italian why he brought him "this ugly thing", News.com.au reported.

Calling the experience "very sobering as a young girl," the actor said she replied in Italian, "I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong!" Jessica Lange was cast as Dwan instead in the movie.

Meryl also talked about her latest role as the witch in Into The Woods and said: "This is my first witch. When I turned 40 I was offered three witches in one year. And it sent me a signal about how Hollywood felt about people turning 40 and I felt bad, it put my back up and I didn’t want to play them. Now I am more age appropriate!"

The actor went on to say that she once dreamt of marrying a royal, "When I was a kid I found out Prince Charles and I were born in the same year so I figured it was pretty likely we would get married one day. When I told him he was nonplussed!"

also read

How Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe is bringing about change in its namesake slum
Show comments