robert redford sundance getty Robert Redford rips Mitt Romney at Sundance openingThe 28th Sundance Film Festival opened Friday (Jan. 20) with a decidedly political tone when actor Robert Redford used his address to rip Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney.

In a discussion of U.S. policies toward the entertainment industry, the 75-year-old actor says he believes Romney would favor big budget studios versus independent producers.  

“In terms of Mitt Romney…the fact is you can see the (Republican) debates going on, this mushroom cloud of ego hovering over everybody,” Redford says. “It’s kind of silly and stupid and I’m sorry about it…Mitt Romney can go and see what he wants to see. If he likes ‘Transformers,’ great, it’s there for him, but that’s not where we are.”

The jabs didn’t stop there. Redford, speaking about how European nations are more friendly toward the arts, adds, “You’ve all experienced what we had to live with, the fact that other countries are far more supportive of their artists than we are…it’s just tragic that we don’t support our artists more than we do.”

Despite all of this, Redford did have a optimistic outlook on the independent film industry.

“What I’m seeing now is that… independent film is growing. You have people who used to work more exclusively in the mainstream that are now coming into the independent world,” he says.

Posted by:David Eckstein