Meryl Streep channels her inner rock ’n’ roller in Ricki and the Flash
Ready to fall in love with Meryl Streep all over again?
Get ready to rock out! Meryl channels her inner rock ’n’ roller and sings out loud in this thoughtful and funny roller-coaster ride.
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Known as a chameleon on screen, Meryl Streep, 65, has reigned our screens for the past thirty years. Highlights of her illustrious career include starring opposite Robert Redford in Out of Africa (1985), opposite Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and she won her third Academy Award playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2012).
She has brought another flawed yet loveable character to life in Ricki and the Flash. Ricki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep) is a singer and guitarist who left behind her family and went to California to chase her dream of becoming a rock ’n’ roll star.
Things didn't turn out to be quite as glamorous as Ricki had imagined. Broke and working for minimum wage in an organic food supermarket to get by and playing in a cover-band at night in a local bar, Ricki can't help but wonder if her head-strong decisions in the past were always the right ones.
Now Ricki is following a difficult path of redemption as she finally returns home to Indiana to face the family she chose to leave behind including her ex-husband played by Kevin Kline and their three children, who are not all happy to see her.
Watch out for 1980s heartthrob Rick Springfield as part of Ricki’s band ‘The Flash’, who plays her very sexy love interest (with a heart of gold), and rock along with Meryl Streep as she sings live with her screen band.
Meryl shares her thoughts on her latest movie role here
Meryl Streep on her character Ricki
“We all have to live with our mistakes. I think she wishes that her kids liked her more, understood her - I think that is a regret - but she’s pretty clear-eyed about it. Ricki lives in the moment - she acts on the impulse that feels imperative to her. It’s a relief to play someone who doesn’t act how everybody thinks she should be. She’s saying, “I can’t help being the way I am.’”
Meryl on her real daughter (Mamie Gummer, 32) playing her troubled daughter Julie in the film
“Mamie is very dramatic and always has been, from the age of three - or maybe three months - so we’ve been acting together for a long time. I’m so in awe of her and her willingness to go barebones at it. It’s tough to come into our business with a mother who is so prominent in Hollywood, but kids have a unique version of their parents, which is not really to put them on a pedestal. So, finding a way to be mad at me, manufacture rage - no problem.”
Meryl on learning the guitar for her rocker role
“To begin with, I started learning on an acoustic guitar with a teacher in New York and then moved to the electric guitar about a month later. Then I worked pretty much every day with Neil Citron, who is this genius guitar teacher. He puts the Telecaster in my hands and taught me a lot of little tricks that rock ’n’ rollers use, bar chords, quick changes and stuff like that.”
Directed by Oscar winning Jonathan Demme and written by Oscar winning Diablo Cody, Ricki and the Flash is an insightful glimpse into family dynamics and the lure of the rock and roll lifestyle.
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