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Meryl Streep took guitar lesson from Neil Young to prep for 'Ricki and the Flash' role

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Meryl Streep appeared on The Tonight Show Monday to promote her new movie Ricki and the Flash

The actress, who plays a struggling musician trying to reconnect with her family in the movie, revealed to host Jimmy Fallon that she did not know how to play guitar prior to filming so director Jonathan Demme set up a meeting for her to meet Neil Young.

“My first lesson was 45 minutes with Neil,” Streep said.

When asked if she learned anything from the legendary rocker, Streep said Young told her: “’You see all the amplifiers and all the wires and you go ‘what is all this s–t?’” Young then told her to “crank it up to 11.”
 
Fallon and Streep also discussed acting with Rick Springfield, the rush of playing music in front of crowds, and performing in Brooklyn with excited extras. “It was like being in a party for eight days,” Streep said.

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