After years of taking a relatively low publicity profile during the Sundance Film Festival, org topper Robert Redford let it all hang out last year, doing one-on-one interviews with a long list of print and broadcast news outlets.
This year, the producer-director-star has decided not to talk at all, with fest publicist Patrick Hubley explaining that Redford “just wants to have fun and see a lot of movies at the festival.”
Industry observers think they know the real reason, however: Redford is no doubt less than interested in fielding questions related to Peter Biskind’s provocative new book, “Down and Dirty Pictures,” which paints a portrait with more warts on it than the King of Sundance is accustomed to seeing.
Indeed, Redford’s no-press policy this year is seen as confirming a character trait heavily stressed by Biskind, who became persona non grata at Sundance after writing an unflattering piece in Premiere in 1991 — that Redford is seriously nonconfrontational and goes out of his way to avoid dealing with people or issues that make him uncomfortable. So if you see Bob at a screening, just don’t ask him about his relationship with Steven Soderbergh.