July 3, 2022


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Paul Newman’s 'nervous' character laid naked by Robert Redford: 'Biting his fingernails'

Paul stars alongside Robert in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child’ this morning at 10:50am on ITV 4. The Oscar successful comedian western follows Paul’s character Butch Cassidy, and Robert’s enigmatic Sundance Child, each of whom are the eponymous leaders of a band of outlaws.  Within the movie the pair have discovered a knack of robbing banks at a time wherein the west is turning into civilised. 

Nonetheless, when Butch and Sundance’s audacious plan to rob the Union Pacific railroad goes flawed, the outlaws are compelled to go on the run with a posse laborious on their heels.

Whether or not it’s over rocks, throughout rivers or via cities, Butch and Sundance proceed to be trailed, and are compelled to give you a brand new resolution ‒ escape to Bolivia. 

The movie, directed by George Roy Hill, was one of many greatest box-office hits within the historical past of the western style.

In the meantime, Paul obtained huge reward for his efficiency as Butch, a good-looking, rakish kind, proven to be a pure born chief to his crew and hit with the women of the west.

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Nonetheless, in actuality Paul was in actual fact fairly anxious, regardless of his Hollywood main man standing. 

Remembering his pricey buddy, Robert advised the Toronto Solar: “He was a chatty, nervous man who was at all times biting his fingernails. 

“He used to chain smoke, earlier than he stopped smoking, and was at all times consuming a beer. He was a really nervous man.”

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However Robert developed a detailed off-set bond with Paul that seemingly helped convey the star out of his shell. 

Robert mentioned: “I had them wrap it up and depart it on his kitchen again step, wrapped in paper with a ribbon round it, that mentioned ‘Completely satisfied fiftieth’.”

Weeks later, Robert got here house to discover a shock field in his front room, crammed with the exact same Porsche that had been compacted. 

He mentioned: “It was so heavy you couldn’t elevate it. 

“In truth it was so heavy it had created an imprint on the ground, and this was a rented home. 

“Properly, by the point I crobarred it out, there was simply this block of steel that had been taken down.

“The towing service got here and took it away they usually mentioned, ‘That is nice.’ I mentioned ‘Okay, look, grasp on.’ And I referred to as a buddy of mine who was a sculptor in Westport.”

Robert commissioned the sculptor to create an artwork piece, which he then left in Paul’s backyard.

There was additionally an unstated rule between the 2 actors to by no means point out the pranks that they had pulled off. 

Robert pressured: “That might diminish it. No!

“The thought was you simply by no means acknowledged it. 

“However anyway, the purpose is that the enjoyable of the connection, the humour had rather a lot to do with it.”

Watch ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child’ at 10:50am on ITV 4.