BARBRA, YOU HAD TO BE COURTED EXTENSIVELY TO DO THIS MOVIE. WHY WERE YOU SO RELUCTANT TO SIGN ON?
BARBRA STREISAND: I'm just lazy. It's work when you go do a movie. You've got to get up early in the morning and put on makeup and have costume fittings. It's a pain in the neck.
TERI POLO: I remember having discussions with you on the set where you'd say, "Let's go already. I wanna get home. I hate acting." What finally convinced you to do it?
BLYTHE DANNER: A little begging never hurts.
STREISAND: It was nice to be wanted. It's happened to me very few times. I don't know what it is, whether people are frightened of me, intimidated or what. I once asked someone to direct a movie I was going to produce, and he said, "Are you going to tell me where to put the camera?" I thought, Oh, God. I don't tell anybody where to put the camera. Sometimes I might suggest something ... [Much laughter.] I also didn't want to do a whole movie. I was asked to do White Oleander, to direct and play the part of the mother, but it seemed so overwhelming. I have to give two or three years of my life to this? This was much more like a fun experiment, to see what it's like just to act.
HAVE YOU BEEN OFFERED OTHER ACTING ROLES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS?
DUSTIN HOFFMAN: Oh, yeah. They wanted her to do the Cameron Diaz part in There's Something About Mary, but she turned it down. Everything J. Lo's been offered, she could have had.
STREISAND: You know what's nice about being older--
HOFFMAN: Sing something for us, Barbra.
STREISAND: Shush. When you're older, there's much more generosity when you act. It's not competitive anymore. You want the other person in a scene to look good, and vice versa.
HOFFMAN: She promised if she looked good in this movie, she'd teach me how to sing.
DIDN'T YOU SING ON BROADWAY ONCE?
HOFFMAN: One song.
POLO: You did?
BEN STILLER: Was that in Death of a Salesman?
HOFFMAN: One song, in Jimmy Shine with Cleavon Little. It was a beautiful song. [Sings.] "She's a laaaaady." Yuck. I can't sing.
DANNER: Cleavon Little played my husband in the play in which I met my real husband Bruce.
DANNER: You remember the guy who farted a lot from Blazing Saddles? He was a lovely man.
STREISAND: You know I resent this thing about Hollywood and moral values--
HOFFMAN: Amazing. There she goes.
STREISAND: I just can't stand it. What movies are out now that have questionable moral values? You know what I think has questionable moral values? The Cialis commercials.
POLO: I love that you're just so blunt.
STILLER: Can we talk about my career, please?
HOFFMAN: There's something I want to ask. Meet the Parents was a really good comedy. It had layers, and it hit some interesting notes. But with this thing, I don't ever recall being in a movie that seemed to get this kind of steam going before it opened. I mean, it's just a nice movie. Why do people seem so interested?