Conservatives are enraged at the latest attempt by Hollywood to denigrate a conservative icon: Meryl Streep’s depiction of Margaret Thatcher in a film scheduled to be released just before Christmas.
Its makers defend the “The Iron Lady” as a fictional biopic, but friends of the former prime minister warn that many filmgoers take movies dealing with any real-life figure as fact. In the case of Thatcher, they’re likely to leave this movie believing she’s a delusional harpy who ignored her husband and children in the pursuit of power, The Daily Mail reports.
Nothing could be further from the truth, conservatives say. Her late husband, Deni,s was Thatcher’s most trusted confidant and supporter. Moreover, there is no basis for scenes that depict her current state as delusional bouts of mania, friends say.
Filmmakers Saturday night improbably invited some of Thatcher’s closest friends to view the film. If they were expecting plaudits, they were far off the mark.
One called the film "insulting." Another said: "I didn’t come here to see a film about granny going mad."
Conservative MP Conor Burns, one of her closest confidants, said: "Any portrayal of Margaret Thatcher that does not show her as one of the titans of British politics in the 20th century will be a travesty.
"The idea that Denis would ever have been cruel to her is twisted and untrue. They were devoted."
The film is littered with inaccuracies and fabrications concerning the Falklands War, the bombing of Brighton’s Grand Hotel in 1984, and the murder of Lady Thatcher’s friend, Tory MP Airey Neave, at the Commons in 1979.
Her daughter Carol features in several scenes. As her mother’s health worsens, Carol snaps: "You’re not prime minister any more, Mark lives in South Africa and Denis is dead."
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