Robert Redford on Paul Newman: "He tells the worst jokes in the world, and that would be okay if he didn’t just keep repeating them, over and over again." [x]
"I had just arrived in New York from California. I was nineteen years old and excited beyond belief. I was an art student and an acting student and behaved as most young actors did - meaning that there was no such thing as a good actor, ‘cause you yourself hadn’t shown up yet."- Robert Redford (via theatremama)
“He has good character, and not many people do. I think he would rather not do anything wrong, whether on a moral or an artistic level. He is what you call a man of conscious- not necessarily of judgement, but of conscious. I don’t know any other actors like that.”
-Gore Vidal on Paul Newman
Robert Redford in “Barefoot in the Park” (1963).
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.
(The New Yorker, 2000)
I owe fans the best performance I can give; I owe them an appearance on my set exactly on time; I owe them trying to work for the best I can, not just for money. But if somebody says that what I owe him is to stand up against a wall and take off my dark glasses so he can take a picture of my eyes, then I say, ‘No, I don’t owe you that.’ I try not to be hurtful. I say something like, ‘If I take off my glasses, my pants will fall down.’