I was rather confused when I first heard that Meryl Streep was cast to play Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. I’m still confused, actually. It’s not that I doubt Streep’s acting ability, it’s that I find it odd that she was chosen when there are brilliant British actors who could fill the role. Then I discovered that the director of The Iron Lady is Phyllida Lloyd, who also directed Mamma Mia! So perhaps Lloyd enjoyed working with Streep and got her cast as Thatcher. I’m looking forward to the movie, but I still think it’s an odd choice.
Perhaps not as odd, however, as casting Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher in the upcoming One Shot, which is an adaptation of one of the popular novels by Lee Child. This is apparently causing furor among Reacher fans everywhere. One of the reasons is that Cruise is about a foot shorter than Reacher. I do think there are better people out there than Cruise, but then I might not be as huge of a Reacher fan as some other people.
All we can do as moviegoers is “vote” with our tickets. If we like the movie, we will recommend it and maybe watch it again. If not, we will tell everyone why they should avoid it. But then again, I think that Hollywood exists in a parallel universe, rather out of touch with reality in many cases.