Robert Redford embraces movie technology

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As Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he's reunited with James 'Bucky' Barnes, who is now brainwashed Russian assassin known as the 'Winter Soldier'.
January 27th, 2014

Robert Redford agreed to star in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' to ''experience'' new technology.

The veteran actor appears in Marvel's superhero sequel as Alexander Pierce, a senior leader at S.H.I.E.L.D, and was attracted to the project because he was keen to see developments in filmmaking at first hand.

He explained to Entertainment Weekly: ''One of the reasons that I did it was I wanted to experience this new form of filmmaking that's taken over where you have kind of cartoon characters brought to life through high technology.

''The Avengers series is a product of high technology playing a major role in the new order of filmmaking so I wanted to experience that - I just wanted to know what that was like and I had that opportunity, so for me it was like stepping into new terrain just to experience what it was like.''

Redford - who is joined by Chris Evans in the title role, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell and Samuel L. Jackson in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' - thinks the way technology is changing moviemaking can be seen in the selection of films that showed at his Sundance Film Festival in Utah this year.

He said: ''You can see how technology has affected not only documentaries but films as well - a lot of the films in the festival this year are using technology as a subject matter like a film called 'I Origins'.

''Using technology to develop thematic plots -- that never existed when we started, so technology has moved the needle quite a bit -- it's probably debatable how much or how good it all is but it's happening and it's given filmmakers a chance to make films cheaper and even [given them] more access to tools to work with.''