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Barbra Streisand isn't a fan of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born remake

“At first, when I heard it was going to be done again, it was supposed to be Will Smith and Beyoncé, and I thought, that’s interesting."

2021-08-17

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Columbia/MGM

Barbra Streisand has admitted she is not a fan of the 2018 remake of her classic film A Star Is Born.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga-fronted film picked up 105 industry awards - but 'Woman In Love' singer Barbra, who appeared in the third remake of the musical drama in 1976, feels the film lacked "originality."

What's more, the cultural icon has opined in an interview with The Sunday Project that she would have preferred Beyonce and Will Smith in the starring roles.

Ouch! 

"The wrong idea"

The 79-year-old told the talk show yesterday: "At first, when I heard it was going to be done again, it was supposed to be Will Smith and Beyoncé, 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."

The star then called the film "the wrong idea", adding she "can't argue with success - [but] I don’t care so much about success as I do originality.”



When the reporter suggests the film's similarity to her version might have been a compliment to her, Barbra replied: "I don't know."

There have been four film versions of A Star Is Born so far: the first was in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the second in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and the third in 1976 with Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

The fourth version of course made Oscar-winner winner of Gaga, who took home Best Original Song (for 'Shallow' alongside co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.)

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