Paul Newmanโ€™s brutally honest words โ€“ he once confessed what he really thought of Robert Redford See in Comment ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡


After appearing in movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) with Elizabeth Taylor, Newman had already achieved superstardom.

Redford was cast opposite Newman, who was winning acting and directing accolades, in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid after Steve McQueen turned down a role in the film. McQueen also declined parts in Dirty Harry, The French Connection, and One Flew Over the Cuckooโ€™s Nest.

The two celebrities werenโ€™t truly friends at the time, according to Newmanโ€™s memoir, โ€œThe Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir,โ€ the BBC reports.

Newman said, โ€œYou canโ€™t depend on Redford. Youโ€™re never sure heโ€™s going to be there. Thatโ€™s simply discourteous.โ€

Their differences in working styles, according to Newmanโ€™s youngest daughter Claire Newman Soderlund, whom he fathered with his second wife Joanne Woodward, may have contributed to their conflicts.

She said, โ€œMy father was very much a stickler for timeliness and Bob, that was never really his strength. It was hard work for dad. He worked very hard at it because he wanted to be good and he wanted to be successful and Bob was more of a free spirit.โ€

When Newman passed away from lung cancer in 2008, Redford, who is now 86, told ABC News that, โ€œIt was just that connection of playing those characters and the fun of it that really began the relationship,โ€ he said, reflecting on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. โ€œAnd then once the film started, once we went forward, we then discovered other similarities that just multiplied over time, a common ground that we both had between us, interests and so forth, and differences.โ€

Newman and Redford looked into possibilities to collaborate on a third movie after portraying renowned outlaws and later thieves in The Sting, but it never materialized.

In Bill Brysonโ€™s 1998 book of the same name, A Walk in the Woods, which was adapted into a 2015 movie, it almost happened. The plot of this buddy movie centers on two elderly guys who are out of shape and want to hike the challenging Appalachian Trail.

In 2005, Redford, who both appeared in and produced the movie, chose this script with his close friend Newman in mind.

In 2015, Redford said, โ€œIt started with Paul, because Paul and I had been looking for a third film to do together. A lot of time had gone by, and I just couldnโ€™t find it. When I read this bookโ€ฆ I thought of Paul right away.โ€

Redford, who was 79 at the time of the interview, claimed that he sent the book to Newman, who later cast Nick Nolte in the part because he wasnโ€™t sure he could do it physically.

Since they initially worked together on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the relationship between Newman and Redford, two highly regarded performers, has significantly deepened. The performers, who lived in Connecticut just a mile apart and started to act like brothers, are also close with their families.

Speaking after his buddy died, Redford said, โ€œWe both got to know each otherโ€™s flaws pretty well. Of course, I outweighed him on that front. But knowing each otherโ€™s flaws, we just played them to the hilt and weโ€™d try to trick each other. Weโ€™d try to surprise each other, and it was so damn much fun that it became likeโ€“it became like a scenario unto itself.โ€

He added, โ€œPaul really likes to have fun and he loves to laugh and he really especially loves to laugh at his own jokes, and some of them are just really awful. So the fact that he enjoyed them so much, you forget about the joke and youโ€™d start to laugh with him because youโ€™re so caught up in his enjoyment of them.โ€

Paul Newman and Robert Redford had such a great chemistry! Let us know what you think of their on-screen friendship and real-life romance!

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