James Brolin Reveals How He Got Wife Barbra Streisand to Lend Her Voice to His New Film
James Brolin has the best wife and he knows it.
Brolin told Harry Connick Jr. on his daytime talk show Harry, the 76-year-old actor revealed how he convinced his wife, the legendary Barbra Streisand, to lend her voice to his new film I’ll Be Home For Christmas.
“So I saw the film last night and the first thing I heard was your wife’s one in a billion voice,” Connick Jr. says. “I’m thinking to myself how much money did they pay to get Barbra Streisand to sing in this film, then I realized, ‘Oh it’s your movie.'”
Brolin, who has been married to the 10-time Grammy winner since 1998, said getting Streisand to sing in his movie was no small feat.
“That wasn’t necessarily easily done because she’s never lent any of her music to any television,” Brolin said. “It was my manager’s idea. He said, ‘What if? What if? and I said, ‘Forget it.'”
But the idea began to sound like a good one, as Brolin later mentioned, and he soon found himself approaching her about it.
“One day at dinner I said, ‘You know honey, what if? What if?'” he said, laughing. “And I didn’t get much back right then and then a couple of days later it’s, ‘Merry Christmas, here’s your Christmas present.'”
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The film, the second he’s directed, has long been a passion project of Brolin’s, which probably had some sway over the singer, who never lets her music be used in films.
Streisand sings more than one song in the Hallmark film, belting out “Jingle Bells” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
The film premieres on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Nov. 27.