“I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial wife, ” the “X-Files” actor said in a statement that the demonstrate tweeted. “Thatcher was undoubtedly daunting but I am basking exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, fallen in love with the icon who, whether enjoyed or hated, defined an era.”
The casting — along with Anderson’s statements about the Conservative politician known for her right-wing programs — immediately triggered heated discussion on social media.
Some were simply elicited to see Anderson cast in such a meaty capacity in the acclaimed royal drama.
Some praised Anderson for her comment about “falling in love” with the Iron Lady, whose programmes many condemned as having undercut the U.K.’s working class. Others protected Anderson, pointing out that performers often find ways to identify with their characters.
And still others simply observed that Anderson in the polarizing role would likely leave many witness with, well, flustering feelings…