Robert Redford embraces movie technology

Robert Redford wanted to appear in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' to experience a "new form of filmmaking" with advanced technology

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Robert Redford

Robert Redford

Robert Redford agreed to star in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' to "experience" new technology.

The veteran actor appears in Marvel's superhero sequel as Alexander Pierce, a senior leader at S.H.I.E.L.D, and was attracted to the project because he was keen to see developments in filmmaking at first hand.

He explained to Entertainment Weekly: "One of the reasons that I did it was I wanted to experience this new form of filmmaking that's taken over where you have kind of cartoon characters brought to life through high technology.

"The Avengers series is a product of high technology playing a major role in the new order of filmmaking so I wanted to experience that - I just wanted to know what that was like and I had that opportunity, so for me it was like stepping into new terrain just to experience what it was like."

Redford - who is joined by Chris Evans in the title role, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell and Samuel L. Jackson in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' - thinks the way technology is changing moviemaking can be seen in the selection of films that showed at his Sundance Film Festival in Utah this year.

He said: "You can see how technology has affected not only documentaries but films as well - a lot of the films in the festival this year are using technology as a subject matter like a film called 'I Origins'.

"Using technology to develop thematic plots -- that never existed when we started, so technology has moved the needle quite a bit -- it's probably debatable how much or how good it all is but it's happening and it's given filmmakers a chance to make films cheaper and even [given them] more access to tools to work with."

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan
  • UK release: 28 March 2014

Just as the titular hero (Evans) is adjusting to life in the 21st century, SHIELD turns out to have been infiltrated, and he must team up with Black Widow (Johansson) and Falcon (Mackie). A highly enjoyable conspiracy thriller with stunning action sequences, outstanding performances and a clever, morally complex plot.

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