Robert Redford’s relationship with Meryl Streep has already caused ‘ripples’: ‘Best kisser’ | Movies | Entertainment

Robert Redford stars in the multi-Oscar-winning classic crime drama Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid This Morning. Loosely based on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West fugitives Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy, and his partner Harry Longabaugh, known as the Sundance Kid. After a train robbery goes wrong, they find themselves on the run with the law hot on their heels.

Their solution sees them heading to Bolivia, where they soon return to their old ways, attempting to pull off another bank robbery and evade the local police.

The 1969 classic won numerous awards, including a BAFTA for Robert and a number of other awards.

The film ultimately proved a catalyst for Robert’s career, propelling him to stardom and landing him roles in All the President’s Men, among others.

Some 16 years after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Robert played the male lead in Sydney Pollack’s Out of Adrica, with Meryl Streep in the opposite role.

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The film was Robert and Sydney’s most successful of their seven together, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

Robert admitted in the 2019 book Queen Meryl that he “probably got along too well” with co-star Meryl on set.

Sydney, however, didn’t care about the couple’s connection and actively discouraged it at every opportunity.

Robert said: “It caused ripples.

“It was not easy to manage, because I felt in a vice and I felt resentment.”

Out of Africa, set in 20th century colonial Kenya, sees Danish Baroness Karen Blixen (played by Meryl) discover that her husband is unfaithful.

As a result, she embarks on an affair with the big game hunter Denys (played by Robert).

Karen is forced to choose between her new romance and her personal future.

While some had questioned Robert’s performance in the film, calling it “wooden”, Meryl strongly disagreed.

She said it was “subtle – and just right”.

She had, however, previously admitted that she once had a “big crush” on Robert, which might have had something to do with such a positive opinion.

Meryl later admitted that Robert was the “best kisser I’ve ever met in movies”.

Despite their on-screen romance, rumors that the pair were an actual couple are completely unfounded. The two have been in long term marriages.

Meryl married sculptor Don Gummer in 1978, and the couple have four children together, all of whom have been extremely successful in the entertainment industry.

Robert, meanwhile, married his longtime partner Sibylle Szaggars in July 2009.

The couple had lived together since the 90s, sharing their home in Sundance, Utah.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid airs on ITV4 at 10.50am today.

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