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Robert Redford

About Robert Redford

Director Robert Redford offers his insight into the talent, themes, and making of The Conspirator, now in theaters (April 15).

Ask the Filmmakers – Round 6

We asked you on Facebook to send us any questions you had for the filmmakers of THE CONSPIRATOR. Here are some more of the answers! Keep asking questions, as we’ll be answering more in the coming weeks. Megan Hardgrave asked… … Continue reading

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“Did the fact that John Wilkes Booth had been an actor play any part in your decision to direct The Conspirator?”

Rick S, thanks for your question. The fact that John Wilkes Booth was an actor didn’t influence my decision to direct The Conspirator (there were plenty of other elements in this story that drew me to this project) but it … Continue reading

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What was it like for you making an independent film?

Making The Conspirator was a combination of two things for me: Going back to the roots of when I first started making films, rather than just acting in them, and having to work within very tough limitations.  The film’s schedule … Continue reading

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Why are you drawn to historical and political stories?

I think it’s important to be true to your artistic soul and I find these types of stories personally very interesting.  They are filled with great character drama. The challenge and excitement for me is to entertain and be thought-provoking … Continue reading

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What was it like working with Kevin Kline and Evan Rachel Wood?

I’ve liked Kevin for a long time. I just think he’s a consummate actor.  To see an actor like Kevin get so into it… He starts from the outside and works in.  He was very concerned about his hair and … Continue reading

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What was it like working with James McAvoy and Robin Wright?

James is a very talented person. He’s got incredible energy.  And he applies that energy in 150 percent full force.  I knew I wasn’t going to have to pull anything out of him. He’s just going to give it to … Continue reading

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What was it like working with so many exceptional actors?

I’m an actor at heart.  That’s how I started, and casting is key for me.  I like to get really involved in it.  I respect craft. I respect actors that have been in the theater and developed skills through stagecraft. … Continue reading

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What is it like for the actors wearing their historical costumes?

That was an issue that we spent a lot of time on. In the 1860s, people always had their coats buttoned.  And they wore vests.  And no matter how hot it was, they had all these layers, which was torturous.  … Continue reading

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What can you say about the unique look of the film?

I spent a lot of time on the color palette for The Conspirator. I started out in my life as an artist, so I’m prone to go in that direction.  And this was a chance to play with a palette … Continue reading

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“How historically accurate is the movie?”

The facts surrounding the case we explore in The Conspirator, I believe they’re all historically accurate.  They were drawn from the National Archives and transcripts from the trial and other sources. The writer, Jim Solomon, had worked on the script … Continue reading

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