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Why Barbra Streisand thought 'A Star is Born' was "the wrong idea"

Bradley Cooper’s edition of A Star is Born was the fourth of its kind, following the 1937 original film and two separate musicals. Starring Cooper and Lady Gaga in the leading roles, the film deals with the themes of fame, love, substance abuse and the purity of music. It received universal acclaim from fans and critics alike, picking up major accolades like Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in the process.

The eponymous 1976 version of the musical starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson which was a commercial success as well. In a recent interview with The Sunday Project, Streisand expressed her disappointment in regards to the new edition of A Star is Born.

She commented: “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.”

Upon hearing this, the interviewer informed her that the fidelity to the 1976 film can be seen as an honour but that failed to impress Streisand. She maintained that Cooper’s film was a huge success but that means nothing to her: “I don’t know, but I thought it was the wrong idea. Look, it was a big success. I can’t argue with success. But I don’t care so much about success as I do originality.”

During the production of the film, it was reported that Streisand visited the set to get a better look at the proceedings. Cooper acknowledges how much that meant to him, claiming: “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?’”

Her co-star Kris Kristofferson also came to the set and even helped with filming one of the concert scenes at Glastonbury for the film. “That was in front of 80,000 people,” Cooper said. “Kris Kristofferson was kind enough to give us four minutes of his set. I sang, played the guitar solo, and then I said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Kris Kristofferson.’”