Robert Redford insisted on reducing a line from The Means We Had been implying he was dangerous in mattress

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With regards to any dialogue which may name into query his bed room prowess, Robert Redford apparently has a tough line.

A brand new guide, The Way They Were: How Epic Battles and Bruised Egos Brought a Classic Hollywood Love Story to the Screen, dives deep into the making of The Way We Were and the assorted challenges that emerged in its creation. Within the guide, which is out Jan. 27 in honor of the movie’s fiftieth anniversary, creator Robert Hofler studies that Redford insisted a bit of dialogue implying his character Hubbell wasn’t good in mattress be lower from the script.

“By no means spoken was a line that [Arthur] Laurents had put in each his novel and his screenplay, and it was a line that he needed to cap the scene,” Hofler writes. “Hubbell seems to be into Katie’s [Barbra Streisand] eyes after their orgy of grapes and tells her, ‘It will be higher this time.’ Solely Redford refused to say the road. He even made certain to have it crossed out within the working script.”

After explaining how Redford had taken the same tack when it got here to carrying a Native American headdress as a logo of his character’s lack of integrity in The Candidate, Holfer provides, “Redford was by no means dangerous in mattress. So how may Hubbell be?”

The guide, which incorporates unique interviews with Redford and Barbra Streisand, delves deep into the protracted behind-the-scenes drama. It additionally alleges that Streisand was “infatuated” with Redford from the second they met. In response, Redford wore two “athletic supporters” whereas filming their characters’ foremost love scene (Streisand reportedly wore a bikini beneath the covers).

THE WAY WE WERE, from left: Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, 1973


Each director Sydney Pollack and author Arthur Laurents spoke about Streisand’s crush on Redford. On the time, Streisand reportedly had a status for having affairs together with her main males (Redford was then a fortunately married father of 4).

The guide recounts Pollack’s phrases: “Barbra was delighted as a result of she had a crush on him, even earlier than we began. It was exhausting for girls to not have a fixation, as a result of he was in all places, like Elvis. He was the golden boy lengthy earlier than Hubbell got here alongside.”

Based on Laurents, “She was merely mesmerized by him as a result of she discovered him so lovely. She was infatuated with Robert Redford, who dealt with it properly, neither encouraging her nor utilizing her crush to his benefit.”

Regardless, it labored properly for the story, which recounts the doomed romance of Katie (Streisand) and Hubbell (Redford), two faculty college students who meet within the Pre-WWII period of McCarthyism and blacklisting, solely to find that their mutual friendship and bodily attraction cannot outweigh their basic ideological opposition.

Reps for Streisand had no remark, and reps for Redford didn’t instantly reply to EW’s request for remark

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