The Hollywood legend turns 81 this week (Aug. 18, 2017), so we take a look back at some of the most entertaining stories to come from his movie sets.
The accomplished and critically lauded actor-director has been a Hollywood mainstay for decades. Over the years, he's proved himself as more than just a pretty face, bringing his dedicated work ethic to each and every movie set. But, as is always the case, what goes on behind the scenes is sometimes even more interesting than the film itself. We take a look back at some of the most entertaining stories to come from Redford's movie sets.
1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The majority of the film was shot in Mexico (which stood in for Bolivia) and drinking water was catered on set. However, nearly the entire cast and crew came down with Montezuma's Revenge (severe diarrhea caused by drinking polluted water). How did Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Katherine Ross find themselves spared from a similar fate? They'd refused to drink the catered water and drank only pop and alcohol for the entire duration of the shoot.
Redford preferred spontaneity and didn't like to rehearse scenes. However, he was met with resistance from Newman who insisted on running lines before the cameras rolled. Redford eventually caved to his friend's requests out of respect.
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