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Downton Abbey Star Wore Meryl Streep's Trousers


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Actress Laura Carmichael can boast that she has been in Meryl Streep's pants - she wore the movie superstar's trousers from Out of Africa in a Downton Abbey farm scene.

The British star, who plays Lady Edith in the hit TV series, was thrilled to discover she would be wearing Streep's recycled clothes from the classic 1985 film in an episode - but the thrill was short-lived.

In an interview featured on the newly-released Downton Abbey season two Dvd, she explains, "They (trousers) were from Out of Africa and I was very excited that I was going to wear them, and then they decided to remake them. So I was gutted when I came back for the second fitting and they weren't actually Meryl Streep's trousers anymore.

"But then the costume guy brought a load of Meryl Streep's blouses, so I was happy."

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Streep Blasts Pollack For Unleashing Lion In Out Of Africa


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Meryl Streep has blasted late director Sydney Pollack for unleashing a lion on her while shooting Oscar-winning film Out of Africa - following years of denials from the filmmaker.

Streep was assured the beast would be tethered while she fought it off with a whip, during one of the 1985 movie's most infamous scenes.

Decades later the actress admits she's still stunned her life was put in jeopardy, after Pollack devised a dangerous way to get the shot he wanted.

She says, "It was the last day of shooting. They imported all the lions from California; they were kind of (lazy). They weren't charging me in the right way... this lion was sitting there (yawning) and she had a leash on. She was supossed to charge me with the camera covering her side with her leash. And she just wouldn't do it. So the last take, Sydney told them to take the leash off because it was a wrap the next day - so if they got the shot, they got the shot. No (they didn't tell me). So I whipped and she kept coming at me. Sydney says that didn't happen, but it did happen."

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Streep Stuffed Bra To Land Out Of Africa Role


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Meryl Streep had to prove she was sexy to director Sydney Pollack before she landed a role in Oscar-winning film Out of Africa - so she stuffed her bra.

The award-winning actress was in her mid-30's when she starred opposite Robert Redford in the 1985 love story, based on a Danish author's memoir of her life in Kenya.

Streep admits she was desperate to land the part and devised a plan to entice the director after discovering he had dubbed her undesirable.

She says, "I did this thing once when I was auditioning for Out of Africa because I had done some movies but I wasn't famous enough to get this big part. The director at of the film, Sydney Pollack, let it be known to my agent at the time he didn't think I was sexy enough to play Isak Dinesen, the Danish writer who was like 50 when she published her first book. So I went and got a sweet little dress at my local (discount retailer) K-Mart. It went off the shoulders, and I took a lot of paper towels and I stuffed my bra, so it would mound up. Yeah (it worked) I got the part.

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Streep Ashamed Of Out Of Africa Audition


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Meryl Streep will always be ashamed of the lengths she went too to land the lead role in hit film Out of Africa - after director Sydney Pollack revealed he didn't think she was sexy enough.


The Mamma Mia! star coveted the role of Karen Blixen in the 1985 film, but had to prove she was more than just a revered leading lady.


She recalls, "I went (to the audition), pathetically, in a very low-cut blouse with a push-up bra."

Streep Forced To Get Sexy For Out Of Africa


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Hollywood actress Meryl Streep did not think she was sexy enough for her role in Out of Africa - so displayed her cleavage in an attempt to win over director Sydney Pollack.
Streep feared her acting abilities were not enough to land the role of author Karen Blixon the 1985 film, so resorted to a padded bra and low-cut top to help boost her chances.
She says, "I went to see the director, Sydney Pollack. I heard a whisper that he didn't think I was sexy enough for the part, so I went out and got a padded bra and a dreadful frilly low-cut blouse. I got the part.
"I'm sure it was because of my acting ability, but I couldn't help wondering whether it had something to do with the enhanced cleavage."

Streep Upset About Missing Costumes


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Meryl Streep regrets not hoarding all the costumes she has worn in movies after realising her daughter has taken all her favourite gowns. The actress never realised that she could have had it written in her contract that all the clothes she wears on a film set automatically become hers after the film has wrapped - and now she's distraught that she has hardly any keepsakes left. She moans, "Glenn Close told me, 'I have everything that I've ever worn and a warehouse on the property and it's temperature controlled.' And I thought, 'Why didn't I do that?' I did not think ahead. "I do have the boots from SILKWOOD. I have a kokoi (sarong) from Out of Africa. I have one thing from everything. "But then my daughter's discovered vintage clothing and she's gone in with her friends and everything is gone. I got really upset. I started to cry when I realised they'd taken all my movie clothes. I don't have anything." But Streep has a positive philosophy for her disappearing wardrobe of memories: "It's kind of Zen because this ephemeral thing really only exists when it happened. You've just got to giggle and give in."

Rings Music Triumphs


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The epic Lord Of The Rings movies have been hailed as sporting the best film soundtracks of all time.

OSCAR-winning Canadian HOWARD SHORE's classical composition for the two films topped a poll of 44,000 listeners to British radio station CLASSIC FM for the second year running.

SIMON BATES, a DJ for the popular station, says, "Howard Shore is following in the footsteps of composers like MOZART in bringing new audiences to classical music."

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Connery Tops Worst Accent Poll


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Former James Bond legend SIR Sean Connery is responsible for the "worst movie accent of all time" - according to film magazine EMPIRE.

The Scottish-born movie veteran's attempt at an Irish lilt in gangster hit The Untouchables topped the publication's poll, ahead of Dick Van Dyke's oft-derided London effort in Mary Poppins.

Empire's OLLY RICHARDS says, "Putting on a foreign lilt appeals to a star's vanity, giving them the opportunity to inhabit someone a million miles from themselves and prove that they are more than a pretty face. Sadly in most cases it does the exact opposite."

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Prince William's Secret Love Pact


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Hunky Prince William made a teenage 'engagement' pact while holidaying on an African safari.

WILLS, 20, fell for pretty JESSICA CRAIG - known as JECCA - during a year he took off before university, and the couple pledged their love for each other.

The relationship blossomed on a Kenyan ranch - owned by Jecca's dad, IAN - before William left to attend ST ANDREW'S UNIVERSITY in Scotland.

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Queen Gets Into Fancy Dress


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British monarch Queen Elizabeth II is set to ditch royal protocol, in order to comply with grandson Prince William's party instructions.

The 77-year old royal has agreed to don an African fancy dress costume when she attends the British heir's 21st birthday bash next month (JUN03).

Hunky William has requested that all those attending the event should dress as characters in the movie Out of Africa.

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