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Meryl Streep took a chance on Sharon Osbourne disguise to sneak into Mamma Mia preview

She could also be one among Hollywood’s best-known stars, however apparently there was little understanding me, understanding you when Meryl Streep attended a screening of Mamma Mia in secret.

The viewers failed to recognise the star of the movie after she disguised herself as Sharon Osborne.

Streep ignored the pleas of studio bosses for her to avoid a preview screening of the 2008 movie held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, weeks earlier than its official launch, so as to keep away from skewing the viewers’s response.

However, Streep took a chance on going unrecognised by dressing because the US presenter of the X-Factor. In the top, she even fooled these sitting round her.

The weird ploy emerged through the Sundance Film Festival, when Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Streep within the Abba-based musical, recalled her shock on the actress’s surprising disguise.

“Meryl had told me she really wanted to go to one of the first screenings,” she stated. “But Universal instructed her that it could price 1000’s to kind it out and instructed her that she had to keep away.

“They stated that if she was within the cinema, folks would simply say that they actually loved it. I went alongside and I used to be sitting within the screening surrounded by Hispanic audio system and questioning how the movie would come throughout.

“I said I’ll text Meryl with how it went, and a few minutes before it started she texted me with: ‘I’m sat five rows behind you in a Sharon Osborne wig, a baseball cap and glasses.”

It was a testomony to how heavily involved Streep was all through all the Mamma Mia manufacturing course of, together with dubbing over dialogue in post-production and taking part in a central function in edits of her scenes.

The American actress, now 72, performed Donna within the movie and starred reverse Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, protecting basic Abba songs akin to SOS and The Winner Takes It All.

Lloyd stated the movie, which spawned a profitable 2018 sequel, was designed to serve an “underrepresented audience of older women who nobody was making this sort of film for.”

“There’s a hell of a way to go in making more films for older women and when we cast the stage show, we had to fight so hard to get people who weren’t leggy or size zero,” she stated.

“Some progress has been made because people want to see themselves on stage and screen but there’s so much of a way to go.”

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