IS BAD LUCK cracking Barbra Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces? Now shooting in New York City, the diva’s latest act-and-direct feature follows an ugly-duckling college teacher whose transformation into a swan leads to love with Jeff Bridges. But like a page out of Dorian Gray, it seems that the more beautiful Streisand’s character becomes, the more gruesome her production gets.
The first signs of trouble surfaced shortly before the movie began filming last October, when TriStar issued an unusual press release denying that Carrie Fisher had written any part of the script. It seems Fisher had been called in to do a rewrite of Richard LaGravenese’s script, but it didn’t fly. Then, one week into filming in November, Dudley Moore dropped out of his role as Bridges’ drinking buddy and was replaced by George Segal. And right before Christmas, Streisand developed ”artistic differences” with director of photography Dante Spinotti (Heat) and brought in Andrzej Bartkowiak (Speed).
A spokesman for the production, Ken Sunshine, claims Mirror is still in one piece. ”The DP was a major change, but it was on very good terms,” says Sunshine. ”There would be a very different spin on all this if the people at TriStar looking at the dailies didn’t feel so good about what they’re seeing.”
But Mirror isn’t the only drama giving Streisand agita. Her next project, The Normal Heart, is also causing palpitations. Heart playwright Larry Kramer is miffed about her decision to shoot Mirror and delay the long-in-the-works adaptation of his AIDS allegory. ”She knows she’s making a fluff movie when she had the chance to make an important one,” says Kramer. A spokesman insists Streisand is still committed to Heart and is planning to renew her option, which lapsed Jan. 2. ”Ralph Fiennes, or whoever she was considering for it, wasn’t available,” says the spokesman. ”A deal is moving apace.”