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Byline: Jeff Simon
Oct. 30--It will be 25 years ago next summer that Robert Redford, director Barry Levinson and a mind-boggling bunch of actors came to Buffalo to film "The Natural."
When filming ended early on a Thursday, I was given the entire rest of the afternoon -- after the star's fish lunch -- to spend alone with Redford in his trailer interviewing him. At the time, long interviews with him were rare.
I interviewed him three times after that -- once in a junket round table for a long-planned project that disappointed ("The Milagro Beanfield War") and twice, at great length, in phone conversations.
Every time, I asked Redford the …