Just when you thought you couldn’t love Meryl Streep any more, she trumps herself. Literally.
The three-time Oscar-winning actress and all-round legend donned a red tie, yellow toupee and orange fake tan to play Donald Trump onstage in New York on Monday night – and it couldn’t have been any more perfect.
Performing at the annual Shakespeare in the Park Public Theater Gala, Streep also wore a black suit and fake belly to truly embody (i.e. mock) the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s artistic director, told the New York Times that impersonating Trump was “utterly [Streep’s] idea, beginning to end. There were sceptics, there were doubters, but one of those sceptics was not Meryl Streep. She was absolutely sure she could do it. None of us had seen her in costume or makeup until she walked out tonight.”
Kate Burton, Meryl's co-star in the show, said that Streep had perfected Trump's mannerisms, including his habit of going to close his jacket and then not being able to. “She treats this like she would her greatest roles,” Burton said. “She’s working on it all the time.”
Streep-as-Trump was the closing act of the gala performance, alongside her Mamma Mia co-star Christine Baranski. The pair performed a version of the song Brush Up Your Shakespeare from the musical Kiss Me Kate.
The song is traditionally a duet for men, offering advice for picking up women – but Streep adapted the lyrics to refer to Trump’s difficulty in wooing female voters, singing: “We could do a deal – you’ll let me know – why is it all the women say no?
As news spread across social media of Streep’s latest role, the world collectively lost their heads. But any hopes we might have of a repeat performance have been sadly dashed. In a statement released through a Public Theater spokeswoman, Streep said: “I appreciate the interest, but this was a one-off, a once in a (last in a) lifetime appearance of this character.”
To quote Trump himself: “Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough.”
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