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Two Redfords in One

"I guess movements have to be extreme to some degree."

Ed Driscoll


October 18, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

“I think that no matter what you would propose they would go against it because their determination was to destroy this person,” Redford said of the “minority faction” in Washington versus President Obama.

“Well, I think whatever idea I would have had to make things work just wouldn’t have been accepted by this minority faction,” Redford responded when asked by CNN’s Nischelle Turner for his “advice” for Democrats and Republicans to work together. “They wanted, if it meant destroying the government, anything to keep him [Obama] from succeeding.”

Robert Redford today on CNN.

George Stephanopoulos was so enthusiastic towards Robert Redford and his sympathetic new film about an ex-1960s radical that the actor enthused, “You ought to get on the marketing team!” The aging actor/director appeared on Tuesday’s Good Morning America and endorsed the violent actions of protest groups. Reminiscing on his own past, the liberal Hollywood star recounted, “When I was younger, I was very much aware of the movement. I was more than sympathetic, I was probably empathetic because I believed it was time for a change.”R

After Stephanopoulos wondered, “Even when you read about bombings,” Redford responded, “All of it. I knew that it was extreme and I guess movements have to be extreme to some degree.

Robert Redford in April, promoting his recent pro-terrorism film The Company You Keep, with ex-Bill Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

Robert Redford was in Havana last month, not to score cigars but to screen his The Motorcycle Diaries for Cuban President Fidel Castro. The Motorcycle Diaries, which Redford produced, is based on the diaries Guevara wrote on a nine-month motorcycle trip through South America in 1952. Directed by Brazilian Walter Salles, it stars Gael Garcia Bernal (who moviegoers will remember from Y Tu Mama Tambien).

Guevara’s widow, Aleida March, attended the screening along with Guevara’s son and two daughters. The movie had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it received a standing ovation.

— The Baltimore Sun, March 7, 2004.

Cross-posted from EdDriscoll.Com

Blogging since 2002, affiliated with PJM since 2005, where he is currently a columnist, San Jose Editor, and founder of PJM's Lifestyle blog. Over the past 15 years, Ed has contributed articles to National Review Online, the Weekly, Right Wing News, the New Individualist, Blogcritics, Modernism, Videomaker, Servo, Audio/Video Interiors, Electronic House, PC World, Computer Music, Vintage Guitar, and Guitar World.

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"Past performance is no guarantee of future results"

Perfect. You know I bet there is a large portrait in Redford's attic, whereon he is shown as a very handsome and innocent young man and more so as each day goes by, sort of the opposite of Wilde's concept in "The Picture of Dorian Gray."
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Is Deadford so ignorant of the real relationship between Castro and Che Guevarra that he would honestly think that Fidel would enjoy a movie about the most inept tag-a-long groupie that the Cuban revolution ever saw?

In Cuba, Che was good for murdering prison inmates by shooting them in the head while bound, kneeling in front of him. 1500 times, this paragon of the revolution pulled the trigger on bound prisoners. Against armed resistance, not so brave and not so effective.

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I checked the box office data for Redford directed films. They have dropped steadily over the years. His most recent films are at the bottom of the list. I guess he knows how to make a bomb!
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