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Meryl Streep’s Favorite Love Scene Was With Robert Redford, She Admits She ‘Didn’t Want It To End’

Meryl Streep reflected on her famous shampoo scene with Robert Redford in the 1985 film “Out of Africa.”

In the epic romantic drama, Streep starred as a Danish baroness who falls in love with a big-game hunter, played by Redford, while running a coffee plantation in colonial South Africa.

During a memorable scene in the film, Redford tenderly washes Streep’s hair by a river while reciting lines from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

“It’s sort of a sex scene, because it’s so intimate,” the 74-year-old actress said during a conversation Wednesday at the Debussy Theater in Cannes, per Variety.

“We’ve seen so many scenes of f—— people, but we don’t see that loving touch, that caring.”

During a speech at Cannes, Streep recalled that filming the scene initially wasn’t very enjoyable.

According to UK Metro, she told the crowd that she and Redford, now 87, had been warned by production to be wary of potentially dangerous wildlife nearby.

Meryl Streep recalled her famous shampoo scene with Robert Redford in “Out of Africa.” Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock

“We had lions, but they were imported from California and they were supposed to be well tamed. That was not the case,” the actress said, according to the outlet.

“And the second thing we were told is that the animal that kills the most in Africa is the hippopotamus, if we put ourselves between the hippopotamus and the water,” she added. .

“So we were shooting in the river and the hippos were right above. I don’t know if they show that in the film, I don’t remember, but I was aware of it!

Streep explained that she didn’t want the scene to end. Moviestore/Shutterstock

Streep recalled that Redford was worried about their safety and didn’t wash their hair well at first.

“It wasn’t good,” she admitted.

However, Roy Hellund, Streep’s longtime hair and makeup artist, stepped in and demonstrated how he usually washes the actress’s hair, which Streep described as “the best part of my day.”

“Redford took the lesson, and he really got into it, and he was great,” Streep recalled. “By the fifth take, I was so in love!”

The actress and Redford played lovers in the 1985 epic romantic drama. Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock

“I didn’t want this day to end, even despite the hippos,” she added.

Directed by Sydney Pollack, “Out of Africa” ​​was based on Karen Blixen’s 1937 autographic book of the same name.

The film was a box office success and received 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress for Streep.

“Out of Africa” won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Pollack.

Streep said her co-star was “very easy to talk to.” Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock

During a 1985 interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Streep praised Redford, telling the outlet that she found him “very charming.”

“We really got to know each other after he came to Africa,” she said.

“I developed a huge crush on him, which made the love story easier to come to fruition. It’s really wonderful to work with him.

She continued: “He has an unusual quality for a man – he has a very receptive attitude towards him and is an incredibly good listener. This is an attribute that people usually associate with women. So for women, it’s very easy to talk to him.

The two then teamed up again in the 2007 war thriller “Lions for Lambs,” which also starred Tom Cruise..

On Tuesday, Streep received a two-minute standing ovation when she was presented with an honorary Palme d’Or during the opening ceremony of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.

During her conversation at the Debussy Theater, the three-time Oscar winner shared how touched she was by the warm reception given to the Palme d’Or award.

Meryl Streep seen during the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, France, May 15, 2024. MEGA

“I felt just a wave of emotion coming from the audience, and it’s much bigger than I thought — there are so many levels of people, all the way to the top,” she said.

“Yeah, it was a lot. I live a very quiet life and I really have no respect at home, so it’s pretty amazing to walk into this arena and have this big tidal wave.

Streep later said that she never intended to make films that she believed would become box office hits.

“The ones that ended up being blockbusters: “Mamma Mia!” and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ – that happened when I was 58 and 60, and I never thought it was going to be anything other than fun,” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter..

“I didn’t know they were going to be big, but I knew I could make them.”

New York Post

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