Who Should Be Barbra's Herbie In Gypsy?

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I love giving casting advice for free, especially when a movie like Barbra Streisand's Gypsy -- as it will forever be known -- seems to need it so badly.

I won't dare to cast the title role, since an age-appropriate daughter for a 70-year-old would probably be Madonna--and while she'd be great as a stripper, I'm not sure she can convince as a teen tomboy.

But let me put my 88 cents in about Herbie, the love interest of Mama Rose who romances her but ultimately finds her too tunnel-visioned and unpleasant.

In the last movie version (with Roz Russell), Herbie was played by Karl Malden, who was fine -- brash but vulnerable, and able to sing a few notes but not necessarily in tune.

For the new movie, a friend and I have narrowed it down to two vibrant choices:

Dustin Hoffman, who'd be perfect in his aggressive-nebbish mode -- and it would be a nice reunion of Fockers.

And my personal fave: James Brolin!

Think about it.

No one could say, "They'd never be a couple in real life."

They are a couple in real life.

Though Babs will probably want Josh Brolin.


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Tulsa
Tulsa

Walter Matthau

Tulsa
Tulsa

Oops, I meant  Brian Dennehy

Louisgreto
Louisgreto

Michael J. Pollard!

And a corpse should play her father.

mjm
mjm

Mandy Patinkin...  a 'Yentl' reunion

Tybalt
Tybalt

Ugh. He would be too much, especially in closeup.

Mae Swazey
Mae Swazey

Pietro is right--you don't really need a star for Herbie, but it takes a huge talent to make this underwritten role memorable.  So I say get the terrific Boyd Gaines, who won a Tony for playing Herbie a few years ago.  He was just brilliant, and made this role into one as good as Rose's.

Vivi
Vivi

Oh, yeah, Boyd Gaines and Barbra Streisand will sizzle up the screen together.

Pietro
Pietro

Gary Sinese. One, you don't want a star for Herbie, Rose is the only star (my opinion, of course) & the politics would make them sizzle. She should just do a one-woman Broadway show, sing as many songs from GYPSY in it as she likes, and be done with it. Who needs a movie?

Sobebenj
Sobebenj

How about Hugh Jackman...................... he can sing! The "magic" of the movies can make Barbra look many years younger and maybe they can age him a few.  The movie needs another singing actor in it, He MUST have a voice too!

Divine Grace
Divine Grace

 They'd need Hogwart's to supply THAT amount of movie magic!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

 Billy Crystal.

Then he can parody himself on the Oscar show.

Musto
Musto

Someone on twitter responded to this blog by saying she wishes Laura Benanti (Tony winner for the LuPone Gypsy) were still able to reprise her Louise in the film.

Benanti cutely replied,

"If Barbra Streisand can be Rose, then I call still be Louise for 5 more years ;)"

MSpeer
MSpeer

I thought Laura Benanti was incredible in that role. So I say please let her do it--although she may steal the film!

Nyah
Nyah

I'm liking that Neil Diamond idea.

Rick
Rick

Tom Hanks!

Meat
Meat

Omar Sharif or Neil Diamond.

Parevenu
Parevenu

I would love to see Ryan O'Neal do it--and they were great together in What's Up Doc.

Isla
Isla

LOL. Maybe Karl can say "it's a glory hole!"

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