Actor Profile: Robert Redford

Yesterday, I did a profile for Robert DeNiro, who I had a few classics still left to see. With Redford, I still have a few of his big roles left to see, but at least those don’t feel quite like “classics”. I’m sure he was great in The Natural, but admitting I haven’t seen The Natural is a lot easier than saying I haven’t seen Taxi Driver. I actually feel like I have seen Redford’s “big” older titles, and this list is a bit easier to make. Redford doesn’t go for the “quantity over quality” method, and seems to choose his projects carefully. I’ve actually seen most of his films made in the last 20 years, he just hasn’t made that many. He has directed a bunch of fantastic films also, and this could also serve as a Director profile, except I’ve only seen four films that he’s directed. Not enough for a profile. And I can’t leave this profile without thanking him for all the work he’s done promoting indie film through the Sundance Film Festival. Truly, his greatest gift to film will be that.

BEST PERFORMANCE
I’m going to call this in favor of All The Presidents Men. I didn’t think he brought enough to All Is Lost, but I do think he was great way back when. There’s always talk about Redford not really getting his due as an actor, and that’s probably true. He’s a lot like Aaron Eckhart today. He’s always good, but he never seems to demand giving an award to him. Yet, you can’t really pinpoint a specific performance that was ever bad. He’s a very consistent actor.

MOST ICONIC PERFORMANCE
The kids will tell you it’s Captain America, but I think (oddly) his most iconic performance might be making the offer Woody Harrelson should have refused in Indecent Proposal. Yeah, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is quite iconic too, but I think of how many times Indecent Proposal has been referenced, and I can’t help but think there are a lot of people who know what that movie is about, and have never seen it.

MOST UNDERRATED PERFORMANCE
I thought he was great in The Last Castle, and also The Clearing. Both are little seen movies, and both are great.

BEST PERFORMANCE I’VE HEARD WAS GOOD AND HAVEN’T SEEN
This goes to The Natural. Heard it was good, heard he was good, haven’t seen it.

WORST PERFORMANCE/FILM
I really hated Lions For Lambs. Lazy storytelling. Lazy filmmaking. Boring. I suppose he wasn’t bad in it, and neither was Meryl Streep, but the film was just so incredibly dull.

Acting Roles/Films I’ve Seen:
1) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
2) The Sting (1973)
3) All The Presidents Men (1976)
4) Indecent Proposal (1993)
5) Up Close and Personal (1996)
6) The Horse Whisperer (1998)
7) The Last Castle (2001)
8) Spy Game (2001)
9) The Clearing (2004)
10) An Unfinished Life (2005)
11) Charlottes Web (2006)
12) Lions For Lambs (2007)
13) The Company You Keep (2012)
14) All Is Lost (2013)
15) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
16) A Walk In The Woods (2015)

Films He Directed That I’ve Seen:
1) Quiz Show (1994)
2) The Horse Whisperer (1998)
3) The Legend Of Bagger Vance (2000)
4) The Company You Keep (2012)

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