During “Barefoot in the Park,” Redford came to Nichols in a quandary: he was being upstaged by the showy Elizabeth Ashley. “I can’t bear it,” he told Nichols. “Every night when I kiss Ashley, she kicks her leg up behind her. I feel like I’ve been used. I’m embarassed.”
“Why don’t you do it, too?” Nichols suggested. Redford did as he was told and got a huge laugh; Ashley promptly stopped her upstaging.