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Meryl Streep Impersonates Donald Trump, Complete With Fat Suit & Orange Face Makeup

"She was absolutely sure she could do it."

The Iron Lady

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Three-time Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has a gift for embodying real-life people on the silver screen, including Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” Julia Child in “Julie and Julia,” and Karen Silkwood in Mike Nichols’ “Silkwood.” But last night, Streep proved that she could take on any role when she played Donald Trump at the Public Theater’s annual gala event at the Delacorte Theater, the home of New York’s famous Shakespeare in the Park. Complete with fat suit and orange face makeup, Streep took the stage as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee for the night’s closing act: “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from Cole Porter’s acclaimed musical “Kiss Me, Kate.” She performed the song with Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”) who played Hillary Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic Party nominee. Below are some videos from the event.

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According to The New York Times, Streep came up with the idea to play Trump at the event. “There were skeptics, there were doubters, but one of those skeptics was not Meryl Streep,” says Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s artistic director. “She was absolutely sure she could do it. None of us had seen her in costume or makeup, till she walked out [last night].” Actress Kate Burton (“Grey’s Anatomy”) says that Streep treated the performance “like she would her greatest roles: she’s working on it all the time.”

Streep’s latest role is as socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, known for her notoriously amateur opera singing, in Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins,” which premiered at the Belfast Film Festival in April and will be released in the United States on August 12th.

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