Paul Newman: Tributes pour in |


Paul Newman: Tributes pour in

Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, and other admirers reflect on the late actor's life and work

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Paul Newman: Tributes pour in

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; The Sting
”There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life — and this country — is better for his being in it.”

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
”I loved that man with all my heart. He was goodness and kindness and pure integrity.”

The Color of Money
”The history of movies without Paul Newman? It’s unthinkable. His presence, his beauty, his physical eloquence, the emotional complexity he could conjure up and transmit through his acting in so many movies — where would we be without him?”

”He was something you don’t hear mentioned often these days: a good man. He taught me to appreciate the homegrown tomato, championship badminton, and chamber music.”

Fat Man and Little Boy
”I made Fat Man and Little Boy with him in Mexico for about five months. And I became friendly with him. I would send him my films and he would say he screened them with a big bag of popcorn and he’d send me letters telling me what he thought. I never told him, but I pretty much framed every one.”

Cool Hand Luke
”In any picture he was in, Paul was the best thing in it. He worked at it harder than anybody. He was good at it. He was devoted to it. He was a wonderful actor and a pretty damned decent fellow.”

Winning was the first picture I ever made. I had my 17th birthday on set. Paul represented a side of the masculine psyche that was a little foreign to me: sports and the beautiful machismo that he had, which wasn’t swagger, but was always very modest and very authentic. Here I am, this kid from New York raised by ballet dancers. And Paul Newman is a real man, you know?”

”Paul Newman inspired his character of Doc Hudson more than any other actor I’ve worked with…. He would not really engage in too much conversation about acting, but if you wanted to talk about cars and car racing, he would sit and talk with you for hours.”

Fort Apache, the Bronx
”One thing I remember when we were rehearsing: We’re walking together, and here he is in New York with his spiked-up blond hair, the shades, the red checkered mackinaw, and he tried to pass as Mr. Average Joe, expecting that nobody would think twice of looking at him. I thought it was the funniest goddamn thing in the world.”

More on the life and career of Paul Newman:
Paul Newman: 30 Unforgettable Roles
EW review of The Paul Newman Collection DVD box set
EW review of Paul Newman: A Biography
Cool Hand Luke DVD: EW review
Sidney Lumet on His Oscar-Nominated Films: Paul Newman in The Verdict
Need a Paul Newman fix? Try Sweet Bird of Youth
Nobody's Fool is a past gem from Oscar nominee Paul Newman
Forget Kevin Costner — Paul Newman is the sexiest man in Message in a Bottle
George Kennedy (a.k.a Dragline) dishes on Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke