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Redford's Cannes screening fears

Robert Redford has admitted he was worried his new film All Is Lost might be booed by its first audience.

The Hollywood veteran has been acting for more than half a centur,y but confessed he was worried about the possible reaction when the survival drama, which opened in the US on October 18, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

"The first time I saw the film was at the festival in Cannes and because they boo films there sometimes, even though you're in a tuxedo, you're sitting in a place that could boo something," said the 77-year-old.

"When the film ended I thought, 'I don't know how this is going to go.' I really didn't."

However, the two-time Oscar-winner got a standing ovation for his performance as a lone sailor facing his own mortality after a collision with a shipping container in the Indian Ocean.

But Redford said when it came to watching himself in the film - which has little dialogue and in which he's the only actor - it just reminded him of the extreme demands of the role.

"To be reminded of how wet you were so much of the time, which was not fun... you kind of forgot about how physical it was and that comes back," he said.

He added: "I looked at my performance because I couldn't avoid it, (laughs) but no, it wasn't wow it was just, 'Yeah, I remember that. I remember that; hmm. Oh, that's what that ended up looking like'."

He said of the shoot: "I was so busy surviving that there wasn't a whole lot of time to think. You just had to do. You had to be there - do it as an actor. You had to get through it. There were a couple of times when I thought, 'Hmm, this is extreme,' but you just do it and then you forget about thinking that."

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