Reuter’s entertainment news reports that Robert Redford is planing a sequel to “The Candidate” from 1972. In “The Candidate”, Redford “played a Democratic Party candidate for the Senate who has no hope of winning and who finds his ideals compromised by the realities of politics.”
Redford said in the sequel he will play the same character 30 years on, who is now president of the United States.
“Right now I’m frightened for my country,” he said in one of several political asides during a news conference by the actor who makes no secret of his liberal leanings.
“Actors have every right to speak out but they carry more responsibility to know what they’re talking about,” he told Reuters in an interview, adding that he enjoyed “lobbing grenades from a distance.”
But he said he had no intention of stepping into active politics like action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is now governor of California.
“I would have to be just consumed with ego and self-absorption. When you enter the political arena it’s so full of compromise and so full of knots, you tie yourself up,” he said.