THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
For his 9th
film as director, Robert Redford tapped some of the top talent working
in film today. To a considerable extent, the appeal of THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
comes from watching its remarkable ensemble of veterans in action, performers
including Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Terrence Howard, Richard
Jenkins, Chris Cooper and Nick Nolte -- former Oscar
winners or nominees, all.
Redford also turned to some of the brightest young actors working today,
including Shia LaBeouf in the leading role of Ben Shepard, and rising stars Brit Marling
(Another Earth) and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), in supporting roles.
"In a selfish way I find working with these young artists inspiring," says Redford.
"They have new ideas and you learn from them. You're never too old or too successful to
not be learning something. It keeps you alive and it keeps you questioning."
For the central role of Jim Grant, however, Redford decided to play the part
himself. "Because I'm nuts," laughs the legendary star. "To step in and out of both roles
is not easy for me," he says of performing double duty as actor and director. "I can do it.
But it's definitely not easy."
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