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Lady Gaga may soon be making her feature film debut, with a little help from a legendary diva. In a recent Time magazine interview, Barbra Streisand casually mentioned that she may cast the pop star in a new movie remake of the Broadway show Gypsy, which she intends to direct. E! News followed up with Babs on Monday to find out if she was serious.
"It was an idea," said Streisand, who claims she "got in trouble for mentioning" Lady Gaga in the piece. "I hope it comes to fruition."
Okay, so it's "an idea" -- but is it a good idea?
First of all, let's talk about Gaga's qualifications. We know that the singer did theater in high school, but since becoming an international pop star, she hasn't taken any major acting jobs. We know from Gaga's music videos and live shows that she's a charismatic performer, able to channel some intense characters and emotions. And she can certainly sing and dance. Is all of this enough to qualify her to star in Gypsy?
Yes. And here's why: Lady Gaga would presumably be playing Louise, the young vaudeville performer who becomes the legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Though it's the title role, Louise isn't actually the lead; that would be her mother, Mama Rose, played on Broadway by legends like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone, Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters, and on film by Bette Midler and Rosalind Russell. Louise is a great part, one that requires an actress to transform herself from a shy wallflower to a bold starlet. But unlike Mama Rose, it's not the kind of role that take a lifetime of preparation. As long as Gaga can master the songs and play a convincing ingenue (because we know she's got the sexy stuff down), playing Louise could make for an ideal film debut.
If anything, we might question Streisand's decision to star in the film herself. The Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony winner (and that's just the short list) is eminently qualified to play the part... but at 70 years old, she may be too far along to play a middle-aged woman with young children. (Most of the actresses who have played Rose were in their forties or fifties at the time.)
Streisand, however, doesn't seem to be concerned. "What's [age] got to do with anything?" she said to EW earlier this month. "Some people look old at 45. Some people look younger at my age…. I saw CGI of an actor that made him go from 60 to 30, by the way. What they can do now, technically.”
Mama Rose done in CGI? Well... you gotta have a gimmick, right?