A Minute With: Robert Redford on magical childhood stories

Tue Aug 9, 2016 10:33am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood veteran Robert Redford returns to his childhood love of fantasy stories in "Pete's Dragon," a new Disney film about an orphaned boy living in a forest and his friendship with one such creature.

The fantasy adventure is a remake of the 1977 movie of the same name and this time movie features a realistic green-furred computer-generated creation of the dragon named Elliot.

Redford, 79, known for films such as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Out of Africa", plays Meacham, the father of forest ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and the only one other than Pete (Oakes Fegley) to encounter the dragon.

Q: You're seen as this champion of independent cinema, so what was it that made you decide to go into this?

A: This was about a chance to return to my own childhood experience and remember times when I was a kid ... I loved stories that had magic in them. Then you grow out of that as you get older and you miss it. So this was a chance to play a role in a film that allowed me to step back into that time.

Q: How did you imagine the dragon? Did anyone give you any cues?

A: No, you really had to imagine the dragon because all you got when you were working was a pole with a tennis ball at the end and that was the dragon ... You had to imagine what the dragon would look like because it hadn't been developed yet. 

Q: What do you think this film says about the environment?   Continued...

Cast member Bryce Dallas Howard poses at the premiere of the movie "Pete's Dragon" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California, U.S. August 8, 2016.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni