• Barbra Streisand said she would've preferred to see an earlier idea to remake "A Star Is Born" starring Will Smith and Beyoncé
  • She said she was surprised by how similar Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's film was to her and Kris Kristofferson's version
  • Streisand supported and praised Gaga and Cooper's "A Star Is Born" remake three years ago

Barbra Streisand is walking back her previous praise for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's 2018 remake of "A Star Is Born."

During Sunday's episode of the Australian talk series "The Sunday Project," Streisand, 79, who starred in the third version of "A Star Is Born" opposite Kris Kristofferson in 1976, discussed her thoughts on the different adaptations of the classic Hollywood tale.

"At first, when I heard it was going to be done again, it was supposed to be Will Smith and Beyoncé, and I thought, ‘That’s interesting.’ Really make it different again, different kind of music, integrated actors. I thought that was a great idea," she said. "So, I was surprised when I saw how alike it was to the version that I did in 1976."

Streisand added that she "thought it was the wrong idea" but that she "can't argue with success" after the Cooper-directed film grossed $436 million worldwide, won Gaga her first Oscar, received a best picture nod, scored a BAFTA, spawned a no. 1 single in "Shallow."

However, the EGOT winner insisted, "I don't care so much about success as I do originality."

The first "A Star Is Born" movie starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in 1937. It was later remade into a musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason in 1954, before the 1976 version starring Streisand and Kristofferson and the 2018 film led by Cooper and Gaga.

In 2018, Streisand sang a different tune when she talked about Gaga and Cooper's remake, saying she "loved" it.

"I think it's wonderful. She’s wonderful," the 10-time Grammy winner told Extra at the time. "I think it's great, they're gonna have a big hit."

Both Streisand and Kristofferson also visited the film's set.

"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?’" Cooper told Entertainment Weekly of Streisand's visit on the set.

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

Kristofferson also paid them a visit when Gaga and Cooper filmed at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. According to the "Poker Face" hitmaker, she "just burst into tears" when she saw the 85-year-old musician.

Kristofferson was also supportive of the film. In fact, he played a significant role in the movie's concert scenes, which were shot at Glastonbury, as he shared his set with Cooper.

"That was in front of 80,000 people," Cooper recalled. "Kris Kristofferson was kind enough to give us four minutes of his set. I sang, played the guitar solo, and then I said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, Kris Kristofferson.'"

Streisand also previously said that she had given Gaga some advice when remaking the film.

"I told her to do it live, and she wanted to do it live, so that's good because that's the best way to do it. But their songs are different," she told E! News in 2018. "It starts like my old movie, with the concert and he goes to a club and finds her. But they were able to put some new things in it which I liked."

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Barbra Streisand speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images