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Robert Redford Laments ‘Paralyzed,’ ‘Partisan Warfare’ in D.C.

One of Robert Redford‘s most famous films takes place in the Nixon era, a time that, for all the political chaos, had a pretty fair sense of bipartisanship. Redford laments in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter that D.C. has become too paralyzed a place to get anything done, including climate change legislation, an issue Redford is particularly passionate about.

Redford, who’s been particularly outspoken against the Keystone XL pipeline, said he’s somewhat “disappointed” in how “paralyzed” Washington has become under the Obama administration. He brought up All the President’s Men and real footage he watched of a congressional panel interrogating a Nixon official.

““They were all working together to get to the truth. There was no partisanship in that panel at all… All you have to do is watch that moment and see how it was then and just know how it is today. That just wouldn’t exist. There’s too much partisan warfare. It’s sad.”

(Though, without spoiling anything, let’s just say that Redford’s role in Captain America: Winter Soldier is a good example of someone in D.C. who can get things done…)


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