10 Questions with Robert Redford
On the eve of the 2008 election, we had a chance to talk to Robert Redford about all things political. Here he shares his favorite political movie, his favorite candidate and what role he thinks art should play in politics.
Q: What’s your favorite political movie?
A: The Candidate, Warner Bros. 1972
Q: What role do you feel art plays in politics?
A: Art should be above politics, but rather a beacon.
Q: What do you think is the biggest issue for the next generation of Americans?
A: To elect new progressive-minded leaders for change. We cannot afford more of the politics of the last 8 years.
Q: Who was the first political candidate you were excited to vote for and why?
Bobby Kennedy. Why? It speaks for itself… role of humanity and compassion in politics.
Q: What factors are important to you in choosing a president?
A: Sense of history, foreign culture, one world, open mind, truthful.
Q: What issues would you like to see politicians focus more on?
A: New energy policy, which truly seizes inherent economic opportunities like job creation and market growth… do the tough stuff. The environment would make huge gains.
Q: Which issues would you like to see politicians focus less on?
A: Their own special interests.
Q: Which candidate’s initiatives do you feel better address environmental concerns?
A: Obama, clearly.
Q: This is your soapbox – shout it out! What do you need to get off your chest?
Get rid of the current administration profile of ideologues, cronyism and incompetence.
Q: Do you have any recommended links, books or movies so people can learn more about the issues you care about?
A: Jane Mayer’s book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.
Frank Rich’s articles (New York Times)