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Robert Redford turned real-life horse whisperer on Pete's Dragon set

Published 09/08/2016

Robert Redford
Robert Redford

The movie veteran wowed cast and crew with his down-to-earth attitude throughout the film shoot.

Robert Redford impressed cast and crew on the set of new Disney film Pete's Dragon by rescuing a horse stranded by a freeway.

The movie veteran was on his way to the set in New Zealand one day when he noticed a horse in distress.

Co-star Bryce Dallas Howard recalls, "There was a horse that was on the side of a freeway that we would all take to get to work and we noticed for 24 hours this horse continued to be there... There's no water, there's no hay and the horse looked like it was abused.

"Bob saw this... and figured it out, went door to door; no one said, 'This is my horse', and he got folks to come in and bring the horse out and rescue it and now he's set up the horse for the rest of its life... He actually is the horse whisperer."

The actress, who plays Redford's daughter in the remake, admits the movie icon is exactly what she expected him to be, and she had to keep pinching herself during the shoot.

"He's an incredible, phenomenal human being," she told U.S. TV show The Talk. "He would walk to work every day. He was so present with everyone. He's this wonderful man."

The 35-year-old admits performing opposite such a legendary film star left her a little lost for words at times, especially when it came to his name.

"That was crazy!" she gushed to Collider. "He’s just the coolest guy in the world... He created Sundance (Film Festival). He changed the industry, forever. He has mastered producing, he has mastered directing and he has mastered acting, and yet he walks around like he’s just a chill, curious, relaxed guy. It’s really cool.

"I didn’t refer to him as anything for the first few days because I didn’t know what I should call him. So then, on the third day, when everyone was relaxed around him, I was just like, 'What do I call you?' He went, 'Bob. I can’t stand it when people call me Mr. Redford.' It was awesome!"

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