Who Should Be Barbra's Herbie In Gypsy?
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.