At yesterday’s Knick game, this happened and nearly broke the internet.
For those without any knowledge of the popular culture of the last couple decades, this is a photo of Meryl “Fucking” Streep, the greatest actress of our age, laughing and holding hands with founder of G Unit and hip hop icon, 50 cent. It’s America captured in a single moment.
This meeting has a lot of wide-ranging implications.
Like, does this mean that we can see some Streep-50 collabs in the future. I’m thinking yes.
Here’s the pitch.
50 cent essentially plays himself, because I’ve only see him be a decent actor in Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and I don’t want to concern him too much with acting, because we need to save those creative juices for his final album aka the soundtrack to the movie, which will encompass all human emotion and fully display the artistry of Curtis Jackson, ultimately winning him a Grammy and Oscar.
Besides, we have Meryl “Fucking” Streep in this picture and she can carry several times her own weight in acting responsibilities. Meryl plays the wife to a Bernie Maddoff-esque man. She is an influential socialite and the self-appointed moral compass of the country, routinely bashing hip-hop music, specifically 50’s character. When her husband is caught and jailed for defrauding everyone, Meryl is left with a fraction of her former wealth and influence.
Fast forward ten years, 50 is living the Jay-Z mogul lifestyle. He is incredibly successful and respected, even meeting with the president on occasion. Meryl has become a bit of a laughingstock in the country, a Sarah Palinesque character who is irrelevant in major politics, but who maintains a rabid and devout following.
Then, in parallel scenes we see them receive the news that they have cancer AND (here it comes) they are put in the same hospital room and have to rely on one another for moral support, like sponsors in AA. At first they are standoffish, but they begin to like each other when they make a deal for 50 to trade his applesauce for Meryl’s Jello at every lunch, which starts the running joke of 50 loving Jello throughout the movie. Their friendship blossoms as these two opposed parties converse and begin to understand the lives of the other. Fiddy teaches Meryl basic rhyme schemes and how to freestyle, Meryl teaches Fiddy how to knit and cook her famous beef stroganoff. Then in a scene that will instantly become immortal, 50 guides Meryl in her first smoking of medical marijuana, because, c’mon that would be hilarious.
Over time, Meryl begins to improve and eventually gets the cancer to go into remission. 50, on the other hand, is not so lucky and looks as though he is on the verge of death when Meryl is healthy enough to leave. They share a heartfelt goodbye and Meryl promises to visit often.
A few days later, Meryl is tapped by the Republic Party to run for Governor of New York. They explain that enough time has passed since her husband’s trial to allow for her to be credible again, and with her surviving of cancer, she is a candidate that they feel can win the election. The only problem is that they want her to return to her old role as “moral guardian” of country and bash the music and culture which she has now grown to respect through her friendship with 50.
She sends 50 a message from a limousine that is taking her to her candidacy announcement speech telling him she will be unable to visit today, but to watch her speech. 50 reads the text in the hospital bed, inches from death, and flips to the channel broadcasting the speech. Meryl steps up to podium, takes a deep breath, and is overcome by waves of flashbacks of her and 50. She declines to run and instead delivers a speech about love and acceptance based on her experiences with 50 and slays it, dropping the mike at the end. A lone tear rolls down 50 stoic face.
Next, is an emotional deathbed scene between Meryl and 50, where 50 slips away. 50 delivers an equally touching speech to Meryl about what she has meant to him where his last words are “I’m glad I met you.” Meryl holds his hand, cries, and acts as perfectly as only she can. We are sad, but also happy because this was what these two people were put on this Earth for, to meet one another and take a sledgehammer to the wall of racism that divides us.
Final scene, Meryl takes over the 50 Cent charity and she is freestyling with young black kids, a la the last scene of School of Rock when Jack Black is jamming with the kids. She spits the greatest freestyle ever (Ghostwritten by 50) and she is swarmed by the children in happiness. The credits run over a remixed “Ebony and Ivory” by 50 and Meryl.
Is this too much too ask from them after their first extended meeting?
I don’t think so.
Ball is in your court Hollywood.