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August role 'satisfying' for Streep

Meryl Streep has revealed that her role in August: Osage County was "hard but extremely satisfying".

The Oscar-winning actress admitted playing cancer-stricken matriarch Violet Weston in John Wells' big-screen adaptation of Tracy Letts' play was emotionally challenging, reported Variety.

"It was hard but extremely satisfying," she said at a question and answer session in New York.

"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," she added.

August: Osage County features a star-studded cast including Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor, and Meryl was joined at the screening and talk by co-stars Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis and Chris Cooper, along with writer Tracy, director John and producer Jean Doumanian.

"It was very terrifying. I did not want to mess up my lines," Abigail, who plays Jean Fordham, said.

Juliette, as Karen Weston, added: "It was really a luxury to get a rehearsal period on this film."

Chris revealed how the death of his 17-year-old son in 2005 helped him prepare for his role as Charles Aiken, who stands up for his son's actions (played by Benedict).

"In the film, here's a boy who is a mystery to me and the father has this unconditional love for his son. I thought that enough time had passed. I'm allowed to incorporate this now," he said.

August: Osage County will be released in the UK on January 17, 2014.

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