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Meryl Streep


10 Jan, 2003

Streep plays Susan Orlean in this dramedy directed by Spike Jonze and written by Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman, and his fictitious twin Donald Kaufman. Initially meant to be a straightforward adaptation of The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, the movie is instead a surreal take on the difficulty Charlie Kaufman had in writing that adaptation. Co-starring Nicolas Cage and Chris Cooper.

I thought it was one of the best scripts I’d ever read in my life. They leap out at you, the ones that are really ambitious. That’s what I loved about it—its ambition and its inventiveness. It’s very densely written. It’s dense visually, but also in terms of its ideas and its emotions. It looked like a really interesting ride. It wasn’t like anything I’d been asked to do before. And it’s not like a straightforward story.

TRAILER – Adaptation. (2002)