Playing Sisters in A Prairie Home Companion: Tomlin couldnt help but point out the obvious she and Meryl Streep bare little resemblance to one another. You want to hear something hilarious? Because I thought we looked so different, No ones going to believe were sisters. Speaking to Streep, Tomlin said, I tried to make your nose like mine. I mean, I tried to make my nose like yours! Tomlin went as far as to have noses molded to try and make her look more like Streep. But, according to Tomlin, her nose was too wide to make it work.
Despite the fact casting the two actresses as sisters may have seemed like a stretch, it works in the film. Somehow, it was just an absolute blessing, wasnt it? Bob [Altman] must have known. I dont know how he would have known because I looked and thought, We just dont look anything alike. Whos going to believe were really sisters? I believed that [the audience] would believe it, but in my mind I had doubts. Plus, you have busywork to do so I spent a lot of time have noses sculpted.
Adapting to Different Comic Sensibilities: Lily Tomlin said she didnt have any difficulty adapting to Garrison Keillors sense of humor in the script. Im a big fan of Garrisons, explained Tomlin. Ive listened to Prairie Home Companion for a very, very long time. Except for one period where he went someplace and we didnt know where he went. We felt abandoned. Anyway
Writer Garrison Keillor said Tomlin redid her part completely. Tomlin acknowledged thats probably the truth. Oh yeah, I did. I redid [Meryl Streeps] too, laughed Tomlin. I was very busy. I didnt think about it. You think of yourself as an actor and you come in and do it. I love Garrisons sensibility anyway. Its something I relate to and have a rapport with. You just want to do the part. You want to come in and do justice to your character and serve the movie and the story. And I dont want to embarrass myself with Miss Streep.
Tomlin says she was taken by Keillors stage presence after watching a live production of A Prairie Home Companion. Ive only seen it once live. I saw it last summer at the [Hollywood] Bowl and Garrison is so funny. On the radio you dont get to see him. His expressions standing up there, I thought, This is so good for the movie. I said, This shows even funnier live than it is on the radio. The sound effects, everything that went on that night at the Bowl was so hilarious. Doubly hilarious.
Meryl Streep on Reuniting with Kevin Kline: A Prairie Home Companion marks the first time Streep has shared the screen with Kevin Kline since the two starred in Sophies Choice. However its not the first time the two have acted together since that film's release in 1982. Well, actually we did The Seagull and I wrestled him to the ground in that in Central Park about five years ago. He's a good old friend and so when you say that you haven't worked with him it seems more like he's never been out of my life. But I love working with him. I really loved watching him do this part because it's like Kevin unleashed. It's like, 'How can I make my part bigger?'
He's endlessly inventive and shameless and it reminded me of the first time I'd ever seen him perform in On the 20th Century, which was a play on Broadway. I thought, 'Boy, this guy should be drummed out of Actor's Equity for what he just did.' He was hamming it up and pushing it so far. People were screaming with laughter. But on film Kevins not really known for that kind of thing, so it was really great to see him do it.
Warming Up to Sing in A Prairie Home Companion: I didn't prepare too much, said Streep. We just had like three days to get ready and I like to sing. It's just really fun to sing and I don't get to much. And at my house I'm not allowed to because your children can't stand it when you sing. It's been hard to wait until everybodys out of the house because there are a lot of them, and sing. Anyway, I was really glad to be able to do it. It was so much fun, so much fun. Pure joy.