Meryl Streep Too ‘Ugly’ for a Role?

By Christine Torralba | 2 years ago
Meryl Streep Too ‘Ugly’ for a Role?

Meryl Streep is one of the most well-respected, awarded and talented actresses of our time. But did you know she was once rejected because she was too “ugly” for the role?

In a recent interview on Graham Norton’s show, Meryl Streep recalled an experience where she was snubbed for a role she auditioned for. According to the actress, she was rejected for the role in the 1976 production of “King Kong.” The reason for this was because the producer, Dino De Laurentiis Sr., thought she was not pretty enough.


As Streep was auditioning for the role of the lead girl in the movie, she was invited by the producer to meet the father of the producer, Dino De Laurentiis Jr. When the actress walked in, she overheard the Italian producer speaking to his son. “Que bruta?”

Unfortunately for the father-and-son-producer tandem, Streep understood Italian. This meant Streep understood what he was asking his son: “Why do you bring me this ugly thing?”

Retaining her poise, Streep responded, “I understand. I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in “King Kong.'”

While this was a humbling experience for a young girl, Streep was hurt by the encounter. It was of course a very cruel and heartless remark that the producer made for such a talented young woman.

Coincidentally, Streep plays the role of an evil and ugly witch in the film adaptation of the musical, “Into the Woods.” In the movie, Streep was cursed to lose her beauty because she lost her magic beans to her neighbor. And in her quest to regain her beauty back, she comes across the lives of the much-loved fairytale characters such as Cinderella, Jack in the Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood and many more.

If only the “King Kong” producer knew what he missed out on when he rejected Streep for the role. Considering Streep has been a much-awarded celebrity, who knows what she could have done for the role.

Do you think the role was fit for Meryl Streep? Would she have done a great job in the movie?

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