‘YOU CAN AGE &BE BEAUTIFUL’
Co-stars in The Old Man & the Gun, acting icons ROBERT REDFORD & SISSY SPACEK reflect on 100 years of movie memories.
Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek both remember the night they each got an Oscar that neither was expecting. It was 1981, and Spacek won the Best Actress trophy for portraying country singer Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s
Daughter. It was beyond her dreams to think her name would be called—at 31, she was “the kid,” up against Goldie Hawn, Mary Tyler Moore, Ellen Burstyn and Gena Rowlands. “I couldn’t believe I won,” she still marvels.
Moments later, Redford took home Best Director and Best Picture honors for his family tearjerker Ordinary People.
“I had been known as an actor,” he says. “It was my first time directing. I couldn’t imagine I could get the award.”
Now fast-forward more than 35 years to their equally surprised reaction upon realizing they have a combined 100 years
of cinematic greatness between them.
“That’s pretty scary!” says Spacek. Redford, well known for his cool-guy persona in classics ranging from Butch Cassidy and the
Sundance Kid (1969) to the one-man drama of All Is Lost (2013), shakes his head over some of his not-so impressive films. “You should see my earlier work,” he deadpans.
The two living legends finally came together in the acclaimed true-crime comedy The Old Man & the Gun (now in theaters). Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a real-life convicted felon who politely robbed banks well into his 70s. Mid– police chase after one heist, Tucker pulls over to help a woman (Spacek) on the side of the road with car trouble. A tentative romance brews.
“When Sissy was cast, I wondered at the time why we hadn’t worked together before,” Redford says. “I think it’s because we’re both redheads,” Spacek chimes in. “Directors were like, ‘No, that will never work!’ ”
The Way They Were
The stars’ natural, feisty rapport is palpable over lunch in a cleared-out New York City hotel restaurant. The reminiscing starts early: “Do I have this right, that you did a Bonnie & Clyde with Martin Sheen?” asks Redford, 82. Oh, yes, replies Spacek, 68—her crime-spree movie was
Badlands. “That was really good!” he