Richard E Grant has told of his joy at finally receiving his new specially-commissioned 2ft tall Barbra Streisand sculpture.
The Oscar-nominated actor, who has been a fan of Streisand since he was a child, showed off the piece of art in a video on Twitter while revealing that the music and film star previously told him he was “insane” for having it made.
Grant, 62, tweeted: “Commisioned a sculpture of @BarbraStreisand as I’ve been an avid fan for over half a century.
“It’s 2 foot tall and finally received it today!!
In the video, in which the white sculpture of Streisand’s face is visible behind him, he said: “I’ve been a Barbra Streisand fan for over 50 years, and when I saw her last summer I told her that I was having a sculpture made of her face.
“She said, ‘You’re insane,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I know.’
For the past 50 years I have avidly and devotedly followed the uniquely talented Human Being called â¦@BarbraStreisandâ© and am counting down the hours till I see her tomorrow evening in Hyde Park. pic.twitter.com/O674UMYicM— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) July 6, 2019
“And she said, ‘No no, you are insane!’ And here it is.
“I couldn’t be happier.”
Grant met Streisand, 77, for the first time at last year’s Oscars and they met up again a few months later at her British Summer Time show in London’s Hyde Park.
Last January, the Can You Ever Forgive Me? actor revealed that he wrote to Streisand when he was 14 and offered her a holiday at his family home in Swaziland.
Dear Richard What a wonderful letter you wrote me when u were 14 ! and look at u now! You're terrific in your latest movie with Melissa congratulations and love Barbra— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 29, 2019
She responded 47 years later, when he was 61.
Streisand tweeted at the time: “Dear Richard What a wonderful letter you wrote me when u were 14 ! and look at u now! You’re terrific in your latest movie with Melissa congratulations and love Barbra.”