Barefoot in the Park
"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)