Actor Robert Redford speaks to Terry Gross about how he almost wasn’t cast in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the film that made him “iconic:”
When it first came up, because of the age difference between Paul [Newman] and I, which was like 12, 13 years, and he was really well known and I was not well known. … The studio did not want me … and they tried everything to keep me out of the film. It was 20th Century Fox. I think it was Paul Newman and William Goldman, the writer, and George that stood up for me against the studio. … When I met Paul he was very generous and he said, “I’ll do it with Redford.” I never forgot that. … He and I, in the course of that film became really, really good friends.