Monday 18 December 2017

When Lynn met Robert Redford

Edel Coffey

One of Barber's most unpleasant interviews was with Robert Redford n 1998.

She had a heavy cold and cough at the time and Redford, cold and aloof, offered no sympathy. When she was stopped by a bad fit of coughing in the middle of the interview, he watched in silent disdain and did not even offer her a glass of the water he had in front of him. "His stony face indicated that he was furious I might be giving him germs," Barber said.

Redford was there promoting his film The Horse Whisperer, and when she asked him who he had liked working with on set, she found it strange he had no praise for his fellow actors.

"You'd think he could at least have said the horse! But wit, like gratitude, does not come easily to him," Lynn wrote.

She also skewered his declining looks (in a way that would cause outrage had a man done it to a woman): "I remember staring in puzzlement thinking, 'What's that on his face?' she wrote. "It was age, of course, the beginning of those warts and cracks and creases that now make his skin look like a child's sandpit after heavy rain."

Zing!

Another Demon Barber special.

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