Robert Redford tells the Los Angeles Times’ Geoff Boucher that he’s not trying to change anyone’s mind in making “Lions for Lambs.” But at 70, he’s not backing away from a politically charged pic.
“You can’t change people’s minds; I don’t try that anymore,” Redford said. “I spent years working on ‘All the President’s Men,’ and after it came out, I thought, ‘Boy, no administration will ever be able to get away with this kind of thing.’ And it’s worse, worse, worse. So I gave that up a long time ago, thinking there’s films that are going to change anything. The only thing you can do is just do what you have to do.”
He’s also unfazed that his film, which debuts at the AFI Fest tonight, is coming out as other serious movies have flopped at the box office.
“Look, the film is called ‘Lions for Lambs,’ and it’s about the world right now and the way that world is working,” Redford said. “Somebody has to get sacrificed. Or else it’s just empty. That’s the problem. But that’s the story.”