January 20th, 2012
03:56 PM ET
Robert Redford likes to say the Sundance Film Festival is all about the artists, but politics are always part of the equation.
Redford set the tone at his opening day news conference (after first saying “I’m not going to get into politics”) by criticizing Republicans in Congress as narrow-minded. He also blasted the Republican Presidential debates, saying, the candidates have a “mushroom cloud of ego hovering” over them.
He even took a swipe at Mitt Romney’s taste in movies.
“Mitt Romney can go and see what he likes. If he likes ‘Transformers’, great. It’s there for him. But that’s not where we are [at Sundance]”, he told the audience of journalists.
Later in a sit down interview with CNN, he elaborated on his criticism of Congress.
Redford said he was raised to believe the Republican and Democratic parties were “supposed to compromise to move our country forward. It’s just not happening [now].”
However, he didn’t spend the whole news conference bashing the right. The actor also spoke about films, including new movies from veteran directors Spike Lee and Stephen Frears.
“It’s obviously gratifying because the more the merrier," Redford said. "Because we’ve remained independent and we’ve kept this category solid um which which has not been easy sometimes. Sometimes we’ve been perceived as going Hollywood or selling out because of the kinds of people who came here.”
Peter Jackson, Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones are just a few of the stars with projects at Sundance.
Redford first founded the Sundance Institute in 1981. These days his festival attracts thousands of stars, fans and industry types to Park City, Utah for film screenings and events.
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