Today that time has passed, and the fourth version of A star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga was already a success with audiences and critics, Barbra Streisand is allowing herself to say what she really thinks of the film.
How important is the opinion of this icon of American music and cinema? Singer and actress starred in what had so far been the most popular version of that film, from 1976. And at the time he had given his blessing to the remake directed by Cooper. But now he changed his mind. Or it was sincere.
Barbra Streisand was disappointed in Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s version of A Star Is Born. AP Photo
“At first, when I heard it was going to be done again, they were supposed to star in it Will Smith and Beyoncé. So I thought it was interesting. Really make it different, with different kinds of music and integrated actors. I thought it was a great idea. Then I was surprised to see how similar it was to the version I did in 1976“.
Streisand made these statements to the Australian talk show The Sunday Project. And he went further: he said that he thought the remake had been a “wrong idea”, but that he cannot “argue with success.”
It should be remembered that the movie had eight Oscar nominations and took one: Shallow It was the best original song and gave a statuette to its authors, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. The duo played by Lady Gaga and Cooper was number one in the rankings.
Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand in “A Star Is Born”, 1976.
What’s more, raised $ 436 million. But all this data does not daunt Streisand, who explained: “I do not care so much about success as originality.”
Of course yours was not the first A star Is Born. Before she acted alongside Kris Kristofferson in the 1976 version, it had already been done by Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in 1937, and by Judy Garland and James Mason in 1954.
Changes, everything changes
During the promotion of the film in 2018, both Cooper and Gaga praised Streisand, who had apparently blessed the two actors. And he had even publicly praised the new A star Is Born: “I loved. I think it’s wonderful. Gaga is wonderful, “he had said at the time.
Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand in “A Star Is Born”, 1976 film.
That same year, before the premiere, .Streisand had declared to the magazine Variety: “It’s good. I don’t want to talk much about it because I don’t want to burn it. I can’t believe I did it 40 years ago. I think Cooper did a wonderful job with Gaga. “
But already at that time he slipped something of what he now developed openly: “I thought that when it was done it would be very different and would have a multiracial cast, and the music would be rap. But it’s more like the movie I made. “
What is it about
The film focuses on a couple of singers. Jackson Maine (Cooper) is a country music star who is on the brink of career decline when he meets a talented stranger named Ally (Gaga).
A Star is Born, in the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper version.
When the two begin a passionate love affair, Jack convinces Ally to take more of the spotlight and the catapult to fame. As Ally’s career quickly begins to overshadow his, it becomes harder and harder for Jack to accept the fading of his own fame.
Some things changed from previous versions, and you can guess the hand of co-writer Eric Roth (Oscar for Forrest Gump) in the character of Jack. Now his personal story has a background that helps to understand the successful artist who seems to have it all, but falls into addiction to alcohol and drugs.
It was going to be directed by Clint Eastwood and Cooper was going to star in it, but ultimately he not only acted, but also directed, co-wrote and co-produced it.
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Barbra Streisand vs. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper: “It was the wrong idea”