Wednesday 29 January 2020

Robert Redford to make Watergate documentary

Robert Redford in London in 2011. Photo: Getty Images
Robert Redford in London in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

ACTOR Robert Redford, who starred in All The President's Men, says it’s the right time to look again at President Nixon and the Watergate scandal.

Robert Redford says he is making a new documentary about the Watergate scandal because "it's the right time".

The actor played journalist Bob Woodward in All the President’s Men, the 1976 film that dramatised the work of Woodward and fellow Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein in uncovering the scandal involving President Richard Nixon.

Commissioned by the Discovery Channel, the project, All the President’s Men Revisited, will be a two-hour television documentary about the scandal that doomed Nixon’s presidency. It will be shown in 2013.

Redford said: "I'm confident that it’s the right time to take a look at this moment in history to inform the present.”

The 75-year-old star of classics as The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, recently expressed his dissatisfaction with the current state of US politics, saying: "Our Congress is not the best and the brightest. The quality of intellectual exchange [is] so damaged by the behaviour of a lot of the people that are running for office. It's embarrassing, and I think our country has declined... in some cases drastically."

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