"I'm doing this film because it's different. It's a new thing for me," Redford explained during a Q&A as part of the L.A. Times Indie Focus Screening Series this week (you can play the clip above). The Academy Award winner was appearing at his own
Though the 76-year-old Redford has not previously appeared in a contemporary superhero/comic-book movie like "Captain America," he added: "I think these films are really powerful. I think they're great. This is the kind of film I would have loved to see as a kid."
"I like the idea of stepping into new territory," Redford added. "I'm excited by it. I also think it's a good bunch of people who really know what they're doing."
The role is part of a busy year for Redford. Besides the opening of "The Company You Keep" on April 5, Redford will also appear in J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost" later this year. The follow-up to Chandor's Oscar-nominated
The Indie Focus Screening Series is a regular program for L.A. Times members. Other previous screenings have included
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