The star of the 1976 film would have preferred to see the version with Beyoncé and Will Smith.
In 2018, whileA Star is Born was a hit at the box office and that Lady Gaga was about to receive the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Shallow”, Barbra streisand, who was the heroine of the 1976 version, praised the talented duo of singer and Bradley Cooper, who also directed the remake. However, she hinted that this new version did not add much more than the one she had herself shot 42 years earlier … which was itself a remake of a remake, since the original version of 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Fredrick March had already been remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason.
“The new movie is good, she would say then. I don’t want to talk too much about it so as not to hurt him. I can’t believe our version dates back over 40 years! I think Cooper and Gaga did a great job. I thought it would be very different, with a more diverse cast and rap at the heart of the soundtrack. But this version is closer to the one I made. “
Guest on Australian talk show The Sunday Project (to have here, in English), Barbra Streisand reiterated her remarks, more virulently, by presenting more clearly the version with Beyoncé and Will Smith, which was ultimately never shot, as “the good idea” and that of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as “the bad idea”. “Initially, when I heard they were going to do it again, the film was supposed to be worn by Will Smith and Beyoncé, and I thought it was interesting, she details. It would have made things really different, we would have had other music, actors from different origins, I thought it was a good idea. So I was surprised when I saw how the movie finally looked like the version I made in 1976. I thought this remake was a bad idea, but I can’t fight against it. Success ! Finally, in general, I don’t pay too much attention to success, what matters is originality. “
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