There's a Reason Meryl Streep's Presidential Don't Look Up Character Seems Familiar

Apocalyptic comedy Don’t Look Up is not only darkly funny from beginning to end, but it stars so many of your favorite actors that’s it’s hard to keep up. In the film, two astronomers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) must spread the word that a world-ending asteroid is hurtling straight toward Earth, and they’re forced to call on Meryl Streep’s President Janie Orlean for assistance. But this president doesn’t seem level-headed enough to get things done efficiently. What she is, instead, is a brash, loud-mouthed politician who is entirely over the top and more concerned with her image than saving the world from imminent death. She seems to almost be a caricature, so there’s no way she’s based on a real person, right? Well…

In a December press conference, Streep said she based the role on “preposterous people,” Newsweek reported. “There was [sic] so many places to take things from, because there’s so many preposterous people who’ve put themselves in public places recently, and shamelessly so. It was kind of fun to put together this character that was in just pure id, just what her appetite wanted. And about amassing power, money, more power, and more money, and nice hair and nails, you know?”

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