‘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.

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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

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