“She’ll orient herself. It’s never going to work,” Redford told director Sidney Pollack of the “dominant” winner of EGOT at the time.
In the oral history of the famous 1973 romance “The Way We Were,” director Sidney Pollack stated that Redford had expressed concerns about working with Barbra Streisand Because of its perceived reputation as “dominant” over the group. (The duo, five decades later, are now of course friends.)
“It has never been tested,” Redford told Pollack, according to Robert Hoefler.The Way They Were: How epic fights and bruises brought a classic Hollywood love story to the screen, “For Sale January 24, 2023.” I heard her as a very controlling person. will direct itself. It will never work.” While director Sidney Pollack died in 2008, author Hoefler compiled years of previous interviews for the book.
Redford was particularly interested in the Oscar-winner’s musical background to “The Fun Girl,” saying, “She’s not going to sing, is she? I [don’t] I want her to sing in the middle of the movie.”
Pollack proved that “the whole concept of grounding a film on Barbara as a serious actress” was pivotal to Redford, while Streisand and the director were determined to get Redford to stick with the role, despite studio and producer Ray Stark paying Ryan O’Neal.
“Barbara hasn’t worked with a really strong leading guy,” Pollack said. “She tends to take a picture, just for the sheer size of her talent and her larger-than-life presence. It’s hard for an actress to stay in the same episode with her.”
According to Pollack, only Redford could handle the star. “In acting, you have to feel like there’s a reserve somewhere, and you’re seeing the tip of the iceberg,” Pollack said. “Redford makes you come to him as a performer. Hold on to his land, and you either get into his land or you don’t get it. Period. He won’t judge you… I literally spent eight months beating him to death to make him do it. I wouldn’t let him off the hook.”
Pollack wouldn’t turn the advantage if O’Neal was chosen, while Streisand said, “Ray Stark seems to think any blonde actor would, but I wouldn’t give up on Redford.”
“In those days, I wanted to be an actress, not a singer,” the A Star Is Born actress added.
Tensions between Redford and Streisand continued during production, with Redford sporting “two pro-athletics for his love scene with Streisand, who chose to wear a bikini” so as not to get too close to the actress, who was notorious for being romantically involved with her castmates. -stars.
The success of The Way We Were sparked rumors of a sequel, with Redford and Streisand reportedly receiving $8 million for a follow-up feature. Pollack told gossip columnist Marilyn Beck that Katie Katie of Streisand and Hubble of Redford will meet “when you phone for help with their daughter, who has grown up to be a Berkeley hippie with a drug problem. They will be back together forever. And happily.”
However, Pollack later told the audience at an event hosted by critic Judith Christ in 1982 that Hubbell (Redford) would be having an affair with his daughter’s roommate in Berkeley, but “I know Redford and Barbara have to end up together somehow. No know how. “
Screenwriter Arthur Lorentz wrote a sequel, The Way We’ve Changed, moving away from Streisand’s character and focusing instead on Redford’s relationship with his daughter. However, Redford said he has finished the role of Hubbell.
“I didn’t, but Barbara did,” Redford said of his desire to make a sequel.
Streisand noted, “It’s a powerful love story, and the sequel was important to me because these characters were so compelling. I wanted to know how their lives unfolded and I envisioned a story in which their daughter, now in college and politically active, brings them back, inadvertently. Both have changed in ways that make them more compatible. Politically, while their feelings for each other remain the same, so reconnection is inevitable. I still regret that we didn’t work out.”