Throughout the years, our Beloved Leader, Larry Brody, has heard a few stories about the complex relationship between Robert Redford and various writers, but this one takes the prize:
Why I hate Robert Redford
by Ken Levine
It’s not enough he was a great looking guy, a huge movie star, and an Oscar-winning director? Now he also has to take credit for writing the screenplay of ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN?
The screenplay is credited to William Goldman. For those not familiar, he wrote BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (the film that actually launched Redford’s starring career), THE PRINCESS BRIDE, MARATHON MAN, and many others. He’s also written a ton of brilliant books, both fiction and non-fiction. His book about the movie industry, ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE is still the definitive read on the subject. Suffice it to say, the man is a GIANT. He’s my screenwriting idol.
Goldman took on the near impossible task of taking the book of ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN with its complicated cast of players, and tangled-web of deceits and cover ups and somehow turned it into a cohesive dramatic structure that fit within the time limits of a movie. And he miraculously made it compelling even when everyone in the world already knew the ending.
He did draft after draft, before and during the filming. Ultimately he won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. And yet he still wishes he hadn’t bothered with this assignment. To win an Oscar and still regret taking the project speaks volumes, doesn’t it?
Redford, in his biography and a Vanity Fair article claims that HE along with director Alan J. Pakula booked a room in a hotel and spent a month rewriting Goldman’s “disastrous” screenplay…..
Read it all at Ken Levine’s most sensational blog – and may we respecfully suggest you read as much as you of what else is there?