Transcript: Robert Redford Says Goodbye to Newman

But the fact that he committed to it, I think, started something rolling in terms of our friendship, because I put a lot of emphasis on loyalty and generosity and integrity. That means a lot to me.

QUESTION: Do you think he'd change anything about the craft, the way people act and the way they approach the films?

REDFORD: Yes. He covers so many decades, you have to shift, you know. He covered a lot of ground. I suspect if he looked at the earlier films he did, he'd gasp.

I think Paul, as he went on, he just got better and better. And when I acted with him, I think Paul was in a real groove, a wonderful groove. About the earlier films, when he talked about them, they were unforgettable.

QUESTION: Just one other thing, only because this has to go on the air in 20 minutes.

So basically, anything about his philanthropy and beyond the ...

REDFORD: Well, look, I mean, the fact is we can all be really sad here, and I am sad. I've lost a really good friend and you're going to take some of the things we had together that were fun, like humor, you take that off the table, I'm going to miss that.

But the fact is that the person he was, the person he is, because he's going to be lasting, I think has got to do with the way he lived his life, the commitments he made and what he put back, and the fact that he was a realist. I mean, it's very easy to lose your mind, your brains in this business, and he was a realist. He never -- he knew enough not to take himself too seriously, and that was another thing that we shared in common. We went after each other's flaws just to remind ourselves that we shouldn't take ourselves seriously. He was very much focused on that. I think that kept a kind of balance for himself. I think that his commitment to his family was intense and quite wonderful.

So I think those things that are out there the country has seen and will continue to see, will just be there. So that's a legacy, if you want to look at it that way. So there's the public legacy that I think is there for everyone and a very impressive legacy, and then there's the reason I'm doing this, and I won't do a whole lot more of this, because I respect the fact that we both respected privacy and I want to respect his.

QUESTION: Why was he a great actor or you said a craftsperson, as well?

REDFORD: I think because of his commitment to the craft. You know, as I say, we both started in the theater and so, therefore, there's a built-in respect for craft, because you don't get through the theater without it.

And it was before the personality culture became so intense, where you could be in another profession and cross over because of your personality, because the business changed, the world around us changed.

But I think that Paul started, I think, back in the '50s, and so at that time, it was a different world that we lived in and craft was everything, and you went to Hollywood or you went into movies from theater or television. You just didn't pop in there.

So there was a built-in respect for that and I think that him following that and being serious about his role, I mean, very, very -- he was a very serious actor.

QUESTION: Thank you very much.

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