December 7, 2022

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Robert Redford's brutal evaluation of why it will 'by no means work' with Barbra Streisand

Tonight, Robert Redford stars reverse Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson within the 2015 journey movie A Stroll within the Woods, which airs from 6.55pm on Film4. It follows the true story of American journey author Invoice Bryson who decides to go on a soul-searching journey and hikes the Appalachian Path. On his travels, Bryson is joined by Stephen Katz, one in all his oldest and dearest associates.

Redford, who takes on the function of Bryson, was hands-on through the manufacturing of A Stroll within the Woods, performing as a producer.

The 86-year-old has made a behavior of getting concerned with the opposite aspect of the movie course of, typically taking up the roles of director and actor, together with in 1980’s Odd Individuals, which noticed him declare a Greatest Director Oscar gong.

With such an involvement, Redford has typically made no mistake of voicing his opinon on the forged and different Hollywood stars. Nowhere was this extra clear than through the manufacturing of the 1973 romance drama The Method We Have been, the place he had a number of alternative phrases about on his co-star Barbra Streisand.

He mentioned he felt Streisand had a “controlling” status, and as such questioned whether or not they can be suitable on-screen collectively. It’s a conflict that’s mentioned in Robert Hoflers upcoming e book The Method They Have been: How Epic Battles and Bruised Egos Introduced a Basic Hollywood Love Story to the Display.

Based on the e book, Redford advised the movie’s director Sydney Pollack: “She’s going to direct herself. It’ll by no means work.”

He was additionally involved about Streisand’s musical background, expressing doubt over whether or not musical numbers could also be included within the movie: “She’s not going to sing, is she? I [don’t] need her to sing in the midst of the film.”

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Pollack, who received the Academy Award for Greatest Director in 1985 for Out of Africa, additionally questioned his actress, reportedly claiming that she had “by no means labored with a very sturdy main man”.

He continued: “She tends to take over an image, simply by the scale of her expertise and larger-than-life presence. It’s onerous for a co-star to remain in the identical ring together with her.”

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However Pollack argued that Redford can be the one star in a position to deal with Streisand, herself an Oscar winner, including: “In performing, it’s a must to sense that there’s a reserve someplace, that you simply’re seeing the highest of the iceberg.

“Redford makes you come to him as a performer. He holds his floor, and also you both enter his turf otherwise you don’t get it. Interval. He is not going to court docket you … I spent actually eight months beating him to dying to be able to get him to do it. I might not let him off the hook.”

Following the movie’s success, a sequel was touted, provisionally titled The Method We Modified, however Redford denied ever getting concerned with the movie. He did, nonetheless, notice that Streisand had held talks in regards to the movie.

Extra lately, Streisand was again within the public eye following an interview with The Guardian, discussing her profession, in addition to the proper technique to say her title. She famous that many individuals name her “Strei-zand” versus the really pronunciation of “Strei-sand”.

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She mentioned: “It’s the funniest factor to me that folks nonetheless can’t appear to get my title proper,” she mentioned. “Even right this moment, I needed to right my new assistant.”

In the meantime, A Stroll within the Woods was initially floated as changing into a movie in 2005, when Redford first introduced his pursuits in it. Amongst these reportedly linked to the flick included administrators corresponding to Chris Columbus, Barry Levinson and Larry Charles.

Redford had initially needed fellow Hollywood icon Paul Newman to co-star with him, however following his dying briefly deserted the mission, believing he was unable to fill the function.

Nonetheless, he would later say of the mission: “It’s going to be enjoyable. I do not know after I’ve learn a e book that made me giggle so loud. Additionally, it is an opportunity to try the nation… The backdrop is fairly terrific; for those who cease to consider all of the visuals which can be doable as they go alongside that path.”

A Stroll within the Woods airs from 6.55pm on Film4 tonight.