Barbra Streisand says Prince Charles was ‘so sweet’
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Hollywood legend Barbra Streisand, 79, has taken issue with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s 2018 film A Star Is Born. The actress, who starred in the 1976 version of the movie alongside Kris Kristofferson, recently branded the 2018 remake “the wrong idea”, after initially believing that Beyonce and Will Smith would star in the remake.
So, I was surprised when I saw how alike it was to the version that I did in 1976
Barbra starred in the third remake of the classic film.
Janet Gaynor and Fredric March played Esther Hoffman and John Norman Howard in the 1937 version of the film, while Judy Garland and James Mason reprised their roles in 1954.
But the Funny Girl actress has now made a surprising statement about the 2018 remake after she appeared to give it her blessing, according to Bradley Cooper.
She said: “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,” she told Australian TV show The Sunday Project.
However, after visiting the set of the 2018 version, Barbra praised Bradley, who both directed and starred in the film.
The actor revealed following the film’s release that the Yentl actress had approved of the remake.
Bradley 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?'”
Lady Gaga chipped in: “She was so, so kind.”
However, later in the year, Barbra told Variety magazine that she expected the remake to take a different direction and include the likes of singer and actress Beyonce as well as a more diverse cast.
She said: “I thought when it was going to be done [with Beyoncé] 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.”
However, despite her disappointment at the similarities between the two versions of the films, Barbra said she couldn’t “argue with success” after the film became an instant hit.
Bradley Cooper’s version of A Star Is Born grossed $436 million across the globe, as well as the song Shallow winning an Oscar in 2019.
Recently, the actress has joked that she could have been the “first Jewish Princess” after being sent floral gifts from Prince Charles.
Earlier this year, Prince Charles, 72, said he had been a “great admirer of the incredibly versatile American actress and singer Barbra Streisand,” for some time.
Barbra had met Charles on several occasions, most notably when she was staying at his country home, Highgrove House, in Gloucester.
The singer revealed that while an assistant of hers believed a bouquet of flowers had been from a fan, they had in fact been from the heir to the throne.
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