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For Meryl Streep, taking on the role of Violet Weston in the Weinstein co. film adaptation of “August: Osage County” was daunting because she knew how exhausting it would be to play the character’s gamut of emotional and physical problems.

“It was hard but extremely satisfying,” Streep told the crowd who gathered Monday night at the AMC Loews Theater Lincoln Square for a screening and Q&A sesh with key actors, writer Tracy Letts, director John Wells and producer Jean Doumanian.

As actors, Streep said, “this is what we really love. You’re dragged kicking and screaming into the house of pain, but you just really love being there, honestly.”

Thesps praised the beauty of the language provided by Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play (“It was very terrifying. I did not want to mess up my lines,” Abigail Breslin admitted) and the rehearsal-heavy approach taken by Wells as a director. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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