'The Post': Meryl Streep gets real about why she and Tom Hanks haven't worked together

Kevin Polowy
Senior Correspondent, Yahoo Entertainment

You might find it surprising that Steven Spielberg‘s new journalism thriller The Post — about the Washington Post‘s 1971 fight to expose the Pentagon Papers — is the first film to unite Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, two veteran actors so universally revered by their peers you might as well call them Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood.

But Streep doesn’t find it so hard to believe. And she offers a very sound, though disheartening, reason why.

“I think you’re mostly cast with people 20 years than younger than you are, and I’m mostly cast with people 20 years older than I am,” Streep said to Hanks when Yahoo Entertainment spoke to them (watch above). “Men usually live in dogs ages.”

Hanks admitted he thought it was “weird” that he has never been involved in a project in which Streep was on producers’ casting wish list.

“I think it has to do with age, honestly,” Streep reiterated.

And she’s got a great point.

The Post opens in limited release on Friday and nationwide on Jan. 12.

Watch Spielberg and cast discuss if The Post is a response to Trump’s presidency:

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