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June 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Redford on set of The Conspirator with James McAvoy

Robert Redford maintains that he has little interest in the big-budget blockbusters that currently sustain Hollywood, telling the Sydney Morning Herald that he wants to keep making films about ideas he cares about. His most recent film wasThe Conspirator, about the trial of Mary Surratt, the boarding-house owner convicted of conspiracy in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln who became the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government. Redford says he wants to tell stories “about regular people, ordinary people that are affected by larger forces out of their control. … My interest lies in the more humanistic side of cinema.” Redford, who wears his liberal credentials on his sleeve, indicates that beyond making comic-book movies, Hollywood has a responsibility to make films that remind people of historical blunders and chicanery. “If we were to look at history and try to learn from it rather than forgetting about it, we might not have these patterns that keep repeating themselves,” he said.