Meryl Streep, who plays the tyrannical Miranda Priestly in the comedy “The Devil wears Prada”, broadcast last night on TF1, almost refused the project. The reason ? A story of big money.
Not really known for fiercely negotiating its fees, Meryl Streep made a notable exception on the subject a few years ago. It was in the mid-2000s, for the comedy Le Diable s’habille en Prada, broadcast last night on TF1.
Perhaps inspired by her character of Miranda Priestly, Tyrannical editor-in-chief of a prestigious fashion magazine, Meryl Streep has indeed been uncompromising in business. The American actress even came close to not playing at all in Le Diable wears Prada because of a first financial proposal from the studios deemed too low for her liking.
“In my eyes, the offer was too light, not to say insulting. It may not have reflected my real value for the project.”, declared a few years ago the actress, very cash, to Variety magazine. “I put the pressure on them, and they doubled the offer. I was 55, and I learned late on how to negotiate on my behalf.” At the end of these tight negotiations, Meryl Streep will get the coveted role of Miranda Priestly, notably ahead of Kim Basinger and Helen Mirren, also in contention.
At the end of the year, Meryl Streep will be showing, on Netflix, of Don’t Look Up, a satirical comedy with an XXL cast which sees her notably sharing the poster with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Evans or Cate Blanchett.
Our interview with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway for “The Devil Wears Prada”: