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Redford says sacrifices for film fest 'worth it'; slams Butch Cassidy remake with Affleck, Damon
Deseret (Utah) Morning News ^ | Jan. 19, 2006 | Jeff Vice

Posted on 01/19/2006 1:21:03 PM PST by seamus

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deseretnews.com

Deseret Morning News, Thursday, January 19, 2006

Redford says sacrifices for film fest 'worth it'

He's pleased with emphasis this year on documentaries

By Jeff Vice
Deseret Morning News

Robert Redford says he has made plenty of sacrifices — including occasionally stalling his film career — to ensure that the Sundance Film Festival would survive and thrive. But, he adds, "it was all worth it."

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Robert Redford will appear at Park City premiere tonight.

Louis Lanzano, Associated Press
The 68-year-old actor, filmmaker and environmental activist said his 45-year show-business career has suffered a bit here and there, but these days he has enough trust in the festival's leadership that he can relax his grasp on the event and begin to, in his words, "breathe again."

"We've been able to accomplish what we set out to do in the beginning, which is provide an outlet to help independent artists make their films and have their works be seen by a wide audience," he said by phone from the Sundance resort in Provo Canyon while in the midst of preparing for the opening of the Sundance Film Festival 06.

Redford said he will be at the Eccles Theatre in Park City tonight to introduce the opening-night premiere film ""Friends With Money,"" a comedy-drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Joan Cusack.

And he says he's excited about this year's festival, especially with its added emphasis on documentary features. "I'm happy that we've been able to support the documentary arts for years and that that form of filmmaking has become every bit as strong as the others."

He is also enthused about the festival's world cinema and short-film categories, which he says audiences "tend to neglect, though they're certainly missing out if they do."

Redford served in an advisory capacity to the Utah/U.S. Film Festival in the late 1970s and early '80s, and then his Sundance Institute took over and "decided to put it in a ski resort in the middle of winter, to make it as hard to get to as possible," he said with a laugh. "The experiment worked. We're here today because we took that risk and many others.

"Our willingness to take chances on films and filmmakers speaks for itself. Sundance has been good for independent filmmaking."

Redford acknowledged that Utah has also taken chances with its support of the festival. "I think there were a few lifted eyebrows at first, but we've established a relationship based on mutual trust and respect." He also voiced his pleasure about an agreement the Sundance Institute signed last year that will keep the festival in Utah for at least the next 12 years.

Last month, Redford was honored by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for his contributions to the film industry in a ceremony that put him in company with other honorees — and with President Bush.

The outspoken liberal activist says he was skeptical at first. "To be honest, I had a few reservations about going to Washington, D.C., as you can probably understand. But it's hard to turn down the chance to be onstage with people like Tony Bennett, Tina Turner, Suzanne Farrell and the magnificent Julie Harris."

He was also able to tour the White House with his family. "I got to sit in Thomas Jefferson's seat. That, alone, made it worthwhile."

Meanwhile, Redford has been been reviving his sometimes-dormant film career. He's already provided one of the voices (of Ike the Horse) for a live-action (with computer-graphic enhancements) version of "Charlotte's Web," and he's scheduled to play legendary baseball manager/executive Branch Rickey in a film about Jackie Robinson. He's also planning to direct and star in "Aloft," a drama about the plight of the North American peregrine falcon, which could reunite Redford with his pal Paul Newman (they co-starred in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting").

Asked about rumors that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may be remaking "Butch Cassidy," Redford said he finds that "depressing."

"There is no shortage of good, original ideas, and there's just no point to remakes. Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect the first time around?" he said with a groan.

The 2006 Sundance Film Festival will run through Jan. 29 at various venues in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance resort. For ticket information, call 801-326-2000 or 435-940-8900 or go to www.sundance.org.


E-mail: jeff@desnews.com


© 2006 Deseret News Publishing Company



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KEYWORDS: affleck; damon; hollywood; robertredford; sundance
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So, Redford is in a remake of Charlotte's Web, and that's OK. It was also OK for Redford, in the early '70s, to be in talks to star in a remake of "Double Indemnity," the 1944 classic that made Fred MacMurray a star. Of course, it was also OK for him to star in the Great Gatsby, which was made twice before he got his turn. But, remakes are bad. Yes, Robert. You're right.

I also love how he points out that he really had to hold his nose to accept the Kennedy Center Honors bestowed by President Bush. Funny how Bush is always gracious to his political enemies, but they can never return the favor -- even a little. But, that's become par for the course. Bush should give Tom Selleck, Mel Gibson and Gary Sinese Kennedy Center Honors before he leaves office. Surely, they'd show more respect.

1 posted on 01/19/2006 1:21:07 PM PST by seamus
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To: seamus

Good points!


2 posted on 01/19/2006 1:21:52 PM PST by cvq3842
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To: seamus

Hey Robert, you look like a FREAK after your plastic surgeries!


3 posted on 01/19/2006 1:23:26 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: seamus

The man makes me puke.


4 posted on 01/19/2006 1:24:50 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: seamus
Funny how Bush is always gracious to his political enemies, but they can never return the favor -- even a little.
Not just Bush, conservatives in general. Convervatives are polite to the opposition and get slammed for their efforts.
5 posted on 01/19/2006 1:27:11 PM PST by samtheman
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To: seamus

More movies I will never pay for, or see.


6 posted on 01/19/2006 1:31:17 PM PST by lormand (...the wrong person came out of the water that fateful night in Chappaquiddick)
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To: samtheman; seamus
Funny how Bush is always gracious to his political enemies, but they can never return the favor -- even a little.

Bush did that for most of 2005 and they belittled him down to a 39% approval rating.

8 posted on 01/19/2006 1:33:24 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: bobbdobbs

I dunno. I'd say King Kong was worth it. So was Lord of the Rings (Ok, it was an extended remake of an animated feature, but still).


9 posted on 01/19/2006 1:34:31 PM PST by seamus
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To: seamus
Isn't he starring in the remake of "Leather Face"?
10 posted on 01/19/2006 1:35:03 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: seamus
Asked about rumors that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may be remaking "Butch Cassidy," Redford said he finds that "depressing."

I have to agree with him. Butch and Sundance were best played by Redford and Newman. And then let it rest...

11 posted on 01/19/2006 1:36:10 PM PST by Snardius (Some women want to walk hand in hand through the park; sing them a song; bite them on the spine...)
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To: seamus
Asked about rumors that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may be remaking "Butch Cassidy,

Another movie about gay cowboys eating pudding?

12 posted on 01/19/2006 1:36:23 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: seamus
may be remaking "Butch Cassidy

Anyone care to wager on whether or not Butch and Sundance are more than "just friends".

13 posted on 01/19/2006 1:36:40 PM PST by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: Sir Gawain
"Hey Robert, you look like a FREAK after your plastic surgeries!"

Whatdaya mean? Redford claims he's never had any cosmetic surgery. Just like Nacy Pelosi.

14 posted on 01/19/2006 1:36:58 PM PST by joebuck
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To: seamus

So does remaking the Butch Cassidy movie mean we'll have to listen to Brittany Spears singing Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head ad infinitum?


15 posted on 01/19/2006 1:37:01 PM PST by Riverman94610
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To: Clemenza

Grrr. Beat me by 20 seconds.


16 posted on 01/19/2006 1:37:28 PM PST by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: bobbdobbs

The eighties TV remake of Casablanca with David Soul as Rick proved that point once and for all.


17 posted on 01/19/2006 1:42:03 PM PST by Kiss Me Hardy
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To: seamus
"but they can never return the favor--even a little."

That's because they have no class or integrity.

Mr. Redford is an overrated actor. When I've watched him in films, especially those produced much later in his career, I see a character being played by Robert Redford. When I watch the likes of an Maximilian Schell, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro, I see the character.

"...he points out that he really had to hold his nose to accept the Kennedy Center Honors..." So did I(Figuratively speaking).
19 posted on 01/19/2006 1:44:34 PM PST by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: Clemenza

Which one plays the "butch" character?


20 posted on 01/19/2006 1:49:11 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: dinasour
Anyone care to wager on whether or not Butch and Sundance are more than "just friends".

The way Hollywood is making movies nowadays, anything with "Butch" in the title would not be about gay men...

21 posted on 01/19/2006 1:49:27 PM PST by Snardius (And you KNOW what I'm talking about...)
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To: Snardius

The new film, titled just "Butch and the Kid," will tell the story of the forbidden love of these two inseperable men, drawn closer by shared peril, great riches, and life on the run.....


22 posted on 01/19/2006 1:54:28 PM PST by seamus
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To: seamus

It's already been done, only in the female version...Thelma and Louise.


23 posted on 01/19/2006 1:57:41 PM PST by Snardius (And you KNOW what I'm talking about...)
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To: Snardius
Other "modern" Western remakes currently in the development stage:

The "Fabulous" Seven
Little Big Man
My Darling Clement
The Outted Josey Wales
Stagcoach

24 posted on 01/19/2006 1:57:44 PM PST by seamus
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To: seamus

Oh, I wish I had the time to write the synopsis of each of these titles...but I'm sure there are people wittier than I who can fill in for me...


25 posted on 01/19/2006 1:59:56 PM PST by Snardius (And you KNOW what I'm talking about...)
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To: seamus
Robert Redford says he has made plenty of sacrifices — including occasionally stalling his film career — to ensure that the Sundance Film Festival would survive and thrive.

What a joke. In truth Redford was a lousy actor. He's so wooden he could have played the wagon in some of his Westerns.

26 posted on 01/19/2006 2:02:41 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Snardius
More titles:

A Fist Full of Condoms
The Good, The Bad, and the Sexy
The Alhomo
The Frisky Kid
A Big Hand for the Little Man
Adam Oakley
Hung High
Pale...umm...Rider
High Plains Diva

This could go on all day.....

27 posted on 01/19/2006 2:06:53 PM PST by seamus
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To: seamus
"There is no shortage of good, original ideas, and there's just no point to remakes. Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect the first time around?"

Don't often agree with Bob, but he and I are on the same page here.

28 posted on 01/19/2006 2:07:56 PM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: seamus

I read today where two documentaries being shown at the Sundance Film Festival star Al Gore and Ralph Nader. I'm totally convinced these awards now exist to bestow aritificial honors on "progressive" films.


29 posted on 01/19/2006 2:15:58 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: seamus
Yeah, but I don't know if there has ever been a great Great Gatsby movie, and, AFAIK, this is the first live action Charlotte's Web.

Anyway, I can see his point about Butch & Sundance. Why do a remake? New tech isn't going to give you a better production. it's just going to end up being stupid and PC, and a cringe-making flop -- like Alec Baldwin's The Getaway.

30 posted on 01/19/2006 2:21:24 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: seamus
Horny Harry

Fistful of A**

31 posted on 01/19/2006 2:30:56 PM PST by JackDanielsOldNo7 (If it wasn't for marriage, I would not have this screenname.)
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To: seamus


"This could go on all day..."

Unforbidden
How The West Was Worn
The Wild Hunch
They Died With Their Boots Off
Shaney
Rio "GRAND"!
Dances With Wolfie


..............


32 posted on 01/19/2006 3:08:42 PM PST by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: joebuck

And Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson says he's never had plastic surgery except a little work on his nose.


33 posted on 01/19/2006 3:13:06 PM PST by Flavius Josephus (Ahmedi-nijad: Make Your Time.)
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To: This Just In
Maximilian Schell, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro, I see the character.

It's funny but I have trouble imagining what these actors look like, because I only identify them with their roles. Bob isn't even as good as Tom Hanks, fa Pete's sake.

34 posted on 01/19/2006 3:14:39 PM PST by Flavius Josephus (Ahmedi-nijad: Make Your Time.)
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To: seamus


and........

Secret Of The Lone Ranger
The Naked Spur
Rio "BRAVO"!
The Man Who Shot Liberty's Valance's
He Wore A Yellow Ribbon
Three Hours To Kill
The Law Jake Wade Broke


Enough said, for now......


35 posted on 01/19/2006 3:23:48 PM PST by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: This Just In

Redford doesn't have alot of range as an actor but he was a great director for Quiz Show and Ordinary People. When he got political and started pushing it in our face I got sick of him. And that facelift is terrible. I'm not saying it to be cruel but that was a mistake Robert.


36 posted on 01/19/2006 3:28:05 PM PST by outofhere2
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To: This Just In

The Outlaw Josey Will!!


37 posted on 01/19/2006 3:28:29 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: seamus

"Raindrops keep falling on his head"


38 posted on 01/19/2006 3:29:35 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Semper Paratus

Now now, don't get this thread pulled :)


39 posted on 01/19/2006 3:31:38 PM PST by seamus
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To: Snardius

Me too - no way Damon and Affleck can come close to the original ... but I did hate that insipid "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head". Ugh!


40 posted on 01/19/2006 3:32:47 PM PST by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: bobbdobbs; seamus
I kind of liked the remake of Ocean's Eleven myself.

I try to avoid thinking about the political leanings of most actors and actresses, otherwise I'd take my DVD collection out and use them for skeet targets.

41 posted on 01/19/2006 3:38:04 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson
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To: Flavius Josephus
This is true. When you see Robert Redford on the screen, you see Robert Redford. Whether it's Spy Game, Indecent Proposal, Sneakers, Horse Whisperer(This was the worse offender; a cowboy wearing "Levi's"? No Wrangler's?) you see the actor. He doesn't "become" the character.

When you watch 'The Godfather', you're watching Michael Corleone. When you watch 'Taxi Driver', you experience Travis Bickle. Maximillian Schell's character in 'Judgment At Nuremberg' was the most riveting performance I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing. He is Hans Rolfe.

Robert Redford is just Robert Redford, the Acting.
42 posted on 01/19/2006 3:43:52 PM PST by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: seamus
"..Asked about rumors that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may be remaking "Butch Cassidy," Redford said he finds that "depressing."

"There is no shortage of good, original ideas, and there's just no point to remakes. Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect the first time around?" he said with a groan..."

This kills me, LOL! The wizened old fart can't stand that two younger guys will remake his movie. I really would rather see Tom Green and Paulie Shore in the remake, with Pamela Anderson as the love interest. I have visions of her on a bicycle on a bumpy road.

43 posted on 01/19/2006 3:48:43 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: popdonnelly
I wouldn't worry too much about any awards given at Sundance. Remember what Ari Gold says about Sundance, "Sundance is a great festival for little people...for the rest of us normal folk its just a chance to try to f*** a Mormon".

Ari always gets to the point.
44 posted on 01/19/2006 3:50:27 PM PST by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: outofhere2



I enjoyed both 'Quiz Show' and 'Ordinary People'. American's fortunately are free to choose what ever movie they wish to view. I don't question another person's character by judging the movies he or her decides to watch.

As for me, a person's political activism often influences whether or not I'll support that artist by way of watching their films, or listen to their music, or whatever commercial endeavor they may be involved with.


45 posted on 01/19/2006 3:54:30 PM PST by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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there's just no point to remakes.

The only reason we had Humphrey Bogart inflicted on us in The Maltese Falcon was George Raft was able to turm the role down because he had a clause in his contract that said he didn't have do remakes of earlier movies.

46 posted on 01/19/2006 4:00:48 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering)
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To: This Just In
"he or her(????)"

her=she
47 posted on 01/19/2006 4:01:24 PM PST by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
I really would rather see Tom Green and Paulie Shore in the remake, with Pamela Anderson as the love interest. I have visions of her on a bicycle on a bumpy road.

Now THAT'S how you pitch a remake.

48 posted on 01/19/2006 4:06:49 PM PST by seamus
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To: bobbdobbs

I like John Carpenters' remake of "The Thing".


49 posted on 01/19/2006 4:25:15 PM PST by printhead
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To: Clemenza; Dinosaur

Will the Katherine Ross role be played by Jennifer Lopez?


50 posted on 01/19/2006 4:28:41 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Sam Alito Deserves To Be Confirmed)
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