Richard E. Grant's Iron Lady hair blasted

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A biographical British drama film profiling former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, portrayed by Meryl Streep. Her husband, Denis Thatcher, is played by Jim Broadbent, and Thatcher's longest-serving cabinet member and eventual deputy, Geoffrey Howe, is portrayed by Anthony Head. The story is narrated through a series of flashbacks, including the 17 days leading up to the Falklands War in 1982.
December 28th, 2011

Richard E. Grant's character in 'The Iron Lady' has been blasted because he hasn't got the right hair.

The actor plays Lord Michael Heseltine, but the British politician has criticised the film because he is portrayed with dyed hair and wasn't consulted during its making.

He told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I gather he has dyed his hair, so even that isn't genuine. As a historical event, no one who made the film has talked to me and I therefore work on the assumption that it won't be accurate."

The political thriller follows Michael's challenge to Baroness Margaret Thatcher's leadership of the Conservative party in 1990, widely regarded as the beginning of the then Prime Minister's fall from power.

For the movie, Richard has previously said he was keen to wear a wig in order to replicate Michael's lustrous mane.

He said: "Everyone else had wigs, but for some reason they wouldn't give me one.

"I said, 'Look, he's got more hair at 80 than I had when I was 20.' But they said, 'No, you've got to dye it.' "

'The Iron Lady' stars Meryl Streep as Margaret, and controversially displays her as sliding into dementia, a move which Michael thinks is "distasteful' as the former politician – although she suffers from the disease – is still alive.

He added: "I think Mrs. Thatcher was a formidable prime minister and to produce a film in her later stages of life depicting the problems of advanced old age, I find extremely distasteful."