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Beyoncé bailed on Clint Eastwood film: 5 reasons why
Beyoncé apparently wasn't "Crazy In Love" with a Clint Eastwood-directed remake of "A Star is Born," reportedly dropping out of the project last week due to scheduling conflicts.
Beyoncé, who owns a home in Scarsdale with her husband, Jay-Z, was slated to play the part of an up-and-coming performer who falls in love with an aging star, a role made famous by Judy Garland in 1954 and Barbra Streisand in 1976. The role has not been re-cast.
Scheduling conflicts seem like a diplomatic enough reason for the singer-actress-icon to bail on the movie, but you get the feeling that if Beyoncé really wanted to appear in a film helmed by an Academy Award winner, she'd find a way to make that happen.
So let's examine five possible theories behind her decision to quit the Eastwood project.
1. She pledges allegiance to Barack Obama. This one may be the most logical, not only because she sang "At Last" when he and Michelle Obama had their first dance at the president's 2009 inauguration ceremony, but also because of Eastwood's infamous Republican National Convention speech, when he chided an empty chair representing Obama.
2. Another baby on the way? Since late last month, rumors have been flying that Blue Ivy Carter might have a sibling to play with soon. If this is true, perhaps Beyoncé wants to focus more on motherhood than Hollywood.
3. Voice-overs are less time-consuming than live-action acting. How many times have we heard A-listers talk about how great it is to show up at a studio in a sweatshirt, record their lines for a few days and call it a movie? No matter how hard she worked on her next movie, "Epic," helmed by Katonah resident Chris Wedge, it probably was a cinch compared to all the on-screen work she did for, say, "Dreamgirls." (For more about Wedge's collaboration with Beyoncé, check out Newsday Westchester's recent chat with him.)
4. It's all about the music. Beyoncé is a superstar with mass appeal across many media platforms, but she's primarily known and celebrated for being a hip-hop and pop star. Yes, she's a Golden Globe-nominated actress, but she's also got 16 Grammy Awards. Advantage: Music.
5. She'd rather party with her famous friends. Hey, sometimes it's hard work being an A-lister and being married to another music icon in Jay-Z. Sometimes you just need to blow off a little steam, as she did when she helped Gwyneth Paltrow celebrate her 40th birthday party last week. Would you rather memorize lines or pop bottles? Exactly.
Which of these five reasons do you think is most responsible for Beyoncé's decision to drop out of Eastwood's film? Vote in our poll, or leave another theory in the comments section below.
Which theory best explains Beyoncés decision to drop out of Clint Eastwood's film?
She pledges allegiance to Barack Obama Another baby might be on the way Voice-overs are less time-consuming than live-action acting She'd rather record an album She'd rather party with her famous friends