He founded the no-longer-so-indie Sundance fest and his new movie The Company You Keep tells the sympathetic story of a former Weatherman living underground, but Robert Redford admits that you don't make movies to change things.
"Look," he says leaning forward in his chair during the interview, "I made The Candidate because I wanted to comment on the fact that in America we elect people based on the most cosmetic things. And what did we get? Dan Quayle and George Bush."
In fact, he says he was interested in making The Company You Keep because he himself had been sympathetic to the radical anti-war movements of the 60s.
"I had a choice - to go that way into radical politics or to have a family and live a full life. I chose family."
And being a movie star, of course. But he didn't mention that.