Redford starred alongside Pitt in the 2001 film Spy Game, but prior to that, he directed him in A River Runs Through It. The Oscar winner admits that he saw a lot of himself in the 53-year-old actor when casting him for the role of Paul Maclean in the 1992 movie.
"[This is] the character I would have played if I was younger -- being seen as the golden boy but having a dark side," he shares. "I felt we needed somebody who appeared to be a golden character and then we would find out that there was a flaw that would lead to his demise."
Redford adds, "[Brad] had that. When he first came in, he had a look about him. I said, ‘Yeah, you’re looking at it. He’s going to succeed.’”