Barbara Streisand has made headlines this week for controversial comments over Bradley Cooper’s 2018 iteration of the film, “A Star is Born.” Streisand has made several interesting comments surrounding the film since the time of its release.
Streisand starred in the third version of “A Star is Born,” which was released in 1976. The original was made in 1937. You could say remaking “A Star is Born” is one of Hollywood’s oldest traditions. So why was Streisand throwing shade?
In an interview with the Australian talk show, “The Sunday Project,” Streisand shared that she thought Cooper’s vision for the film was “the wrong idea.” She continued, “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.”
Streisand then went on to recall when she heard rumors for a different remake of the film about a decade ago. There were plans for a remake starring Beyoncé and Will Smith. Streisand said, “I thought…that’s interesting. You know, really make it different again.”
She then claimed that her version of “A Star is Born” made sufficient changes to distinguish itself from the former two iterations. She clearly doesn’t think that this is the case for Cooper’s.
What is so bold about these claims is that Streisand’s “A Star is Born” is quite similar to the two that came before it, as is Cooper’s. You shouldn’t throw stones at a third remake if you live in the second one, Barbara. Perhaps Cooper and company will cut the Hollywood icon some slack, she is pushing eighty after all. She has contributed enough to cinema to cement her legacy.