NEW YORK: Meryl Streep is brilliant as a domineering, drug-addicted, cancer-suffering grandmother in her latest film “August: Osage County” but she won’t pretend to have the worst job in the world. Star of the film and given a standing ovation at a pre-release screening in New York, the American actress was asked repeatedly how difficult she found her role.

Violet Weston is a bitter matriarch who bullies, ridicules and insults her dysfunctional relatives as they descend on the family home in Oklahoma for a funeral. One of the most difficult scenes, Streep admitted, was riding in the back of a car knowing that she had to throw up but she said the character was precisely the challenge that actors love.–AFP