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Barbra Streisand Preferred Beyoncé Over Gaga for 'A Star Is Born'

Barbra Streisand Preferred Beyoncé Over Gaga for 'A Star Is Born'

Barbra Streisand Preferred Beyoncé Over Gaga for 'A Star Is Born'

She calls the casting "the wrong idea" in a new interview. 

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Barbra Streisand, living legend and star of the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, revealed in a recent interview with Australian news source The Project that she preferred the remake when it was supposed to star Beyoncé.

"At first, when I heard it was going to be done again, it was supposed to be Will Smith and Beyoncé," Streisand said in the clip. "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."

"That's probably a compliment to you," replied the reporter.

"I don't know. I thought it was the wrong idea, but, look, it was a big success, so I can’t argue with success, but I don’t care so much about success as I do originality.”

When it was rumored to be remade in the early 2000s, there were talks that Beyoncé and Smith were going to star. The project was shelved and picked up years later by Bradley Cooper and eventually, Gaga was cast as Ally.

It doesn't quite feel like Streisand is shading Gaga, though some fans are interpreting it that way. It just sounds like she'd rather have seen the film with a different cast. Who's to say what might've been, but maybe the next remake will bring that fresh approach Streisand is dreaming of.

Watch the full interview below:

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!