Robert Redford

Robert Redford

American actor, director, producer
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  • Early 1970s" Paramount had plans to remake Double Indemnity (1944) with Redford in the Fred MacMurray role. Nothing ever came of them.
  • They throw that word "star" at you loosely, and they take it away equally loosely. You take the responsibility for their crappy movie, that's what that means.
  • (on working with Dustin Hoffman on All the President's Men (1976)) One of the joys of the movie was working with Dustin; he has one of the most wonderful acting minds I've ever worked with.
  • (1972 comment on Paul Newman) Paul is the most generous man with whom I've ever worked. We had a fantastic rapport shooting (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)). It was one of the happiest experiences of my life.
  • (during his opening-night address at the Sundance Film Festival, claiming U.S. politicians exploited public support of invasions) We put all our concerns on hold to let the leaders lead. I think we're owed a big, massive apology.
  • All my life I've been dogged by guilt because I feel there is this difference between the way I look and the way I feel inside.
  • A lot of what acting is, is paying attention.
  • I often feel I'll just opt out of this rat race and buy another hunk of Utah.
  • I've bought hundreds of acres around my home. That's why I moved here from the coast. There's plenty of room to roam and be alone with nature. That's living. The city life is merely existing.
  • I got a review when I was starting in live television. This guy Jack O'Brian called me "hammy and overwrought". Now I'm looking back on it, I'd like to hold on to those reviews. It keeps you in perspective. It really does. Part of you says, "You know, I never ever really got over that." And what I think you learn very early on is not to believe your own press clippings, one way or another, just do your work. Because you're your own tough critic. If you focus on doing the work, you'll get to a place of refinement where those reviews which are often hyped up too much to the negative or the positive fall away.
  • (on his friendship with Paul Newman) There are certain friendships that are sometimes too good and too strong to talk about.
  • (on his relationship with Paul Newman) When we made the movies nobody used the word "chemistry". Nobody used the word "bonding". It was just: "Get up there and do your job!"
  • I have to be human, of course, to be flattered by attention from the public. How could you not be? But it gets pretty intense when people are going after your clothes, and mobbing you in the streets, and you have to hide. That's kind of amusing, and kind of mind-boggling when it happens - you kind of go with it and have fun with it. Then it gets tiring, and then it gets worse when you realize you're being robbed of a vital part of your life, which is your privacy. And you also know what's coming your way is artificial, because those people are reacting to something they saw on the screen, not you as a person.
  • You should prepare when you go to a public event to be public. That's when I will sign autographs. But not when you're going about your normal business.
  • I learned early that you'd better know what you're talking about. You'd better realize that certain issues are going to be so hot - no matter what reason, what logic you apply to it - you're going to be met with an opposition just because their viewpoint is different, and there's no way they're going to accept your reasoning. Furthermore, they're going to attack you because you will be portrayed as not being credible: "You're an actor. What do you know?"
  • (quoted by Robert Osborne, "Academy Awards 1974 Oscar Annual") I used to feel competitive about a career, but now the only things I'm really passionate about are my family, the environment and Indians.
  • (on refusing the role of Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate (1967), the role that made Dustin Hoffman a star seven years before Redford obtained super-star status himself) I never did look like a 21-year-old just out of college who'd never been laid.
  • Some people have analysis. I have Utah.
  • I am perhaps the best-looking grandfather around, apart from Marlon Brando, of course!
  • As a director, I wouldn't like me as an actor. As an actor, I wouldn't like me as a director.
  • (on his appearance in Havana (1990/I)) All everyone talked about was aging. It took me by surprise because I have not thought of myself that way. I assumed I would age naturally, as time went on.
  • Appeared in 7 movies that were directed by Sydney Pollack: This Property Is Condemned (1966), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Electric Horseman (1979), Out of Africa (1985) and Havana (1990/I). They also both appeared in War Hunt (1962).
  • Ranked #53 in Empire Magazines 100 Sexiest Movie Stars of all time.
  • Was romantically linked to Sonia Braga and Kathy O'Rear.
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