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Streisand: Kramer attack was hard

Barbra Streisand has admitted her hurt at being attacked by Larry Kramer over her adaptation of his play The Normal Heart.

After almost thirty years in production, the play about the HIV-Aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s has been made into a TV movie starring Taylor Kitsch, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer, directed by Glee's Ryan Murphy.

Barbra is a producer on the project, made with financial backing from HBO, but in 2012 Kramer accused the star of lacking "the burning passion to make it".

The singer and actress told The Hollywood Reporter: "It was hard for me to be attacked like that by Larry. I worked for so many years on it without ever taking a penny. I will always believe in Larry's play and its powerful theme of everyone's right to love."

She added: "When it became clear that we couldn't raise the money to do it as a film due to the controversial nature of the material, I thought, 'Alright, we'll do it on TV.' At least it would reach a wide audience."

The project has hit many stumbling blocks over the years, and Kramer has had disagreements over the way his play had been adapted for the screen.

But all the cast are proud to have finally completed the film, and director Ryan rushed to complete it in order to show it to Kramer, who is battling HIV aged 78.

Ryan said: "Larry is the toughest person I've ever met. And the thing that touched me so much at the end was, he doesn't understand that he doesn't have to fight any more. It was my fight to get it made, to make sure it's good. I was just so moved because he felt so f***ing alone for so many years that even in success, even when he was proven right, he didn't feel it."

"Larry had his heart broken so many times. I promised him I would not stop until it got made."

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