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Redford, Newman join to lend a helping hand

WESTPORT, Conn. — Butch and Sundance reunited Thursday for legit purposes.

Paul Newman coaxed his old buddy Robert Redford to appear in a 15-minute skit benefiting the Westport Country Playhouse, where Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward, is artistic director.

Newman, who turns 80 in January, and Redford, 67, played two old buckeroos in a stream-of-consciousness sketch that played like a surreal “Love Letters” for a decades-long friendship.

“I didn’t know you were still around,” Newman said in one phone exchange.

“That’s good to know,” answered Redford. “Neither did I.”

Later, when Newman turns down an offer to be in Redford’s film, Redford says he’s decided to give the part to Matt Damon instead. “It’s easier to make him look older than to make you look younger.”

The bash, chaired by NBC honcho Bob Wright and his wife, Suzanne, netted more than $1.5 million.

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