Robert Redford tells Terry Gross about how he always felt uncomfortable being characterized by his good looks:
One of the things that has been sort of weird is to see yourself characterized so often as somebody that looks well, that has glamorous looks, or is appealing physically. That’s nice, I’m not unhappy about that. But what I saw happening over time was that was [what was] getting attention.
I wanted to be good at my craft, and therefore I would be an actor that would play many different kinds of roles, which I did. I played killers, I played rapists, really deranged characters, but most people don’t know about that, because that was in television. So suddenly you’re seeing yourself in a glamour category and you’re saying, “Wait a minute.” The notion is that you’re not so much of an actor, you’re just somebody that looks well. That was always hard for me, because I always took pride in whatever role I was playing. I would be that character.
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