Magazine article Variety

Why Robert Redford's Last Picture Show Shot in Texas

Magazine article Variety

Why Robert Redford's Last Picture Show Shot in Texas

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WHEN writer-director David Lowery ("A Ghost Story," "Pete's Dragon") set out to make his new film "The Old Man & the Gun," a true-crime story starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek, he quickly chose Fort Worth, Texas, as a primary location.

Redford plays real-life professional criminal Forrest Tucker, who claimed to have successfully escaped from prison 18 times. The actor, now 82, has said that this may well be the film that caps his long career.

Lowery says shooting in Fort Worth "made perfect sense." The action "all took place there, and the real Forrest Tucker was based there at the height of his bank-robbery career," he says. "It also feels older than nearby Dallas, and has that sense of the West, so aesthetically it was just right. We didn't even consider anywhere else."

Lowery describes Fort Worth as "a great resource, if maybe a bit under the radar and underappreciated by filmmakers in general." He says he would have shot the entire movie there, but financial considerations intervened. "The incentives in Texas are just not enough to lure big productions," he notes, "which is a great shame,"

Ultimately roughly two-thirds of the shooting took place in Ohio, but enough was shot in Fort Worth to make the movie feel "authentically Texan," according to Lowery.

The director and his producing partners are now working on a new film that they plan to shoot entirely in the Texas city. He has high praise for the Fort Worth Film Commission and its head, Jessica Christopherson. …

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