Barbra Streisand had different cast wish for A Star Is Born


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Barbra Streisand has revealed she had hoped to see Beyonce and Will Smith star in the recent remake of A Star Is Born saying the film was “the wrong idea.”

The 79-year-old musician and actor starred in the 1976 version of the film about an undiscovered singer’s rise to fame with the help of a self-destructive rocker – played by Kris Kristofferson.

The movie was remade in 2018 starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper but Streisand has now said she believed their version got it wrong.

Barbra Streisand felt Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s remake of ‘A Star Is Born’ was the ‘wrong idea’. (Getty)

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Streisand told Australian TV show The Sunday Project: “At first, when I heard it was going to be done again, it was supposed to be Will Smith and Beyonce, and I thought, that’s interesting.

“Really make it different again, different kind of music, integrated actors, I thought that was a great idea. So, I was surprised when I saw how alike it was to the version that I did in 1976.”

Barbra Streisand wanted to see Beyonce and Will Smith star in the remake of A Star Is Born. (Getty Images)

Barbra Streisand wanted to see Beyonce and Will Smith star in the remake of A Star Is Born. (Getty)

Gaga and Cooper’s version of A Star Is Born was nominated for eight Oscars and seven Baftas and went on to gross $436m (£315m) at the box office.

Streisand said she “can’t argue with success”, but added: “I don’t care so much about success as I do originality.”

Cooper and Gaga claimed while promoting the movie in 2018 that Streisand had given their remake her endorsement.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga starred together in the Oscar-nominated 2018 remake of ‘A Star Is Born’. (Getty)

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Cooper said: “She gave us a blessing. Everybody was so excited she was there. We just looked at each other and were like, ‘Wow. How are we here right now?'”

Gaga added: “She was so, so kind.”

But Streisand said later the same year: “I thought it was going to be very different and have a multiracial cast, and the music was going to be rap. But it’s more like the movie I made.”

A Star Is Born was originally made in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and ‎Fredric March playing an aspiring actress and a Hollywood veteran, and was remade as a musical in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason.

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