Barbra Streisand reveals who she wanted to see in 'A Star Is Born' remake - not Gaga and Cooper

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Watch: Barbra Streisand had other ideas for the remake of A Star Is Born

Barbra Streisand has revealed she had hoped to see Beyonce and Will Smith star in the recent remake of A Star Is Born saying the film was "the wrong idea."

The 79-year-old musician and actor starred in the 1976 version of the film about an undiscovered singer's rise to fame with the help of a self-destructive rocker - played by Kris Kristofferson.

The movie was remade in 2018 starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper but Streisand has now said she believed their version got it wrong.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Barbra Streisand speaks onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Barbra Streisand felt Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's remake of 'A Star Is Born' was the 'wrong idea'. (Getty)

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Streisand told Australian TV show The Sunday Project: "At first, when I heard it was going to be done again, it was supposed to be Will Smith and Beyonce, 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."

Barbra Streisand wanted to see Beyonce and Will Smith star in the remake of A Star Is Born. (Getty Images)
Barbra Streisand wanted to see Beyonce and Will Smith star in the remake of A Star Is Born. (Getty)

Gaga and Cooper's version of A Star Is Born was nominated for eight Oscars and seven Baftas and went on to gross $436m (£315m) at the box office.

Streisand said she "can’t argue with success”, but added: "I don’t care so much about success as I do originality.”

Cooper and Gaga claimed while promoting the movie in 2018 that Streisand had given their remake her endorsement.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga starred together in the Oscar-nominated 2018 remake of 'A Star Is Born'. (Getty)

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Cooper 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?'"

Gaga added: "She was so, so kind."

But Streisand said later the same year: "I thought 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."

A Star Is Born was originally made in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and ‎Fredric March playing an aspiring actress and a Hollywood veteran, and was remade as a musical in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason.

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