Barbara Streisand said it Yntl Co-star Mandy Patinkin made her life “miserable for several months” while filming the 1983 romantic musical.
The two co-star in Streisand’s directorial debut as students who meet at a religious school after Yentl (Streisand) disguises herself as a boy. Yentl soon finds herself falling in love with Avigdor (Patinkin), who is already engaged.
Streisand, 81, wrote about working side by side The princess bride The 70-year-old star in her new memoir My name is BarbaraIt was revealed that Patinkin, who is married, had offered to have an affair with her.
“There was a moment, a week or so into filming, when Mandy and I were doing a scene in the religious school,” Streisand recalls. “I think he had two or three lines, but he didn’t look me in the eye. He just stared at my forehead.
When she later confronted him about his behavior, Streisand said, “His face scrunched up and he said, ‘I thought we were going to have a more personal relationship.'”
“‘What?’ “I had no idea what he was talking about,” she continued.[He said,] “I thought we were going to have an affair.” I looked at him like he was crazy. . . 1) I would never have an affair with an actor I was directing, 2) he was married, and 3) I was not attracted to him at all. But I couldn’t tell him he wasn’t great for me. I didn’t want to hurt his feelings, so I simply said, “I don’t work that way.” Tears rolled down his cheeks.”
the Funny girl The star said she was threatened with a replacement Criminal Minds The alum must continue his “behavior.” “We only have two weeks left. I can reshoot all your scenes if you can’t be more professional. I’ve waited fifteen years to fulfill my dream and I won’t let you ruin it.
“By this point, Mandy had made my life miserable for months, and I couldn’t bear the thought of making love to him. I’m not a good actress,” she added.
“So I changed it. I rewrote the scene. Now that I look at it, I wonder if I let my frustration with Mandy overshadow my instincts. Maybe I should have let Yentl . . . and the audience . . . enjoy that moment.”
The Independent I have contacted Patinkin’s representative for comment.
Patinkin has been married to fellow actress Katherine Grody since 1980. Meanwhile, Streisand married Oceans XI star Elliot Gould in 1963 before they divorced in 1971. She then married again to actor James Brolin in 1998.
In an interview with the BBC, before the publication of her nearly 1,000-page memoir, she admitted that she had never had “a lot of fun in her life.”
“I want to live life,” Streisand told BBC music correspondent Mark Savage. “I’ve never had so much fun in my life, to tell you the truth. And I want to have more fun.”
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