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  July 24th, 2012       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Here’s a new interview with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones courtesy AARP Magazine with scans to follow. At first glance, they would seem the unlikeliest of couples. The classically beautiful Meryl Streep was her New Jersey high school’s homecoming queen and always compassionate and willing. Tommy Lee Jones, in contrast, came from rural Texas, where even in youth, his face seemed to mirror his hardscrabble environment, carved with lines like a peach pit. Equally harsh is his taciturn demeanor. Strange bedfellows unless you ask director David Frankel, who cast Streep and Jones as the leads in his upcoming film, Hope Springs, a portrait of a midlife couple grasping to regain their sexual passion. “Tommy’s an extraordinary actor first, but he’s also sexy,” says Frankel. “It was important to have someone play opposite Meryl whom she found really sexy, so you could imagine a sexual history between them that had died.” In fact, Streep, 63, and Jones, 65, have more in common than it appears. Both possess sharp literary intellects. They claim four Oscars between them but cite their offspring as their proudest accomplishment. Married for 34 years to sculptor Don Gummer, Streep has four children, ages 21 to 32. Jones, wed to third wife Dawn since 2001, has a son, age 29, and daughter, 20, from his second marriage. The complete interview can be read here.

3 Responses to “The stars of “Hope Springs” get real about intimacy”

There is no chance this ain´t gonna be a win-win movie here, 4 Oscars together, all those years accumulated of marriage expirience count for something. I think this is a fascinating endevour

Jul 26, 12 at 6:51 pm

While reading this I could totally hear Meryl’s voice in my head. Really charming interview :)

Jul 26, 12 at 7:51 pm

Wonderful article! The TV ads started this weekend here in Seattle and I can’t wait for it to start.

BTW, big SHOUT to those behind SIMPLY – Wonderful site and a fabulous job at keeping it up-to-date with everything Meryl!


Jul 30, 12 at 9:31 pm


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