ROBERT REDFORD once sent pal PAUL NEWMAN a battered Porsche with a red bow
wrapped around it as a 50th birthday gift.
The movie star was so sick of his friend's constant chatter about car
racing, he decided to play an anonymous prank on him and it started a series of
unacknowledged bad gifts.
Redford recalls, "I went to a towing service and I said, 'Can you find a
junked Porsche...' and they called back and said, 'We've found one,
"I said, 'Can you wrap it up... and put a ribbon around it and have the
towing service take it and put it on his back porch?'
"They delivered it and it just said, 'Happy Birthday.' I didn't hear
anything and two weeks later I went up to the house, opened the door and
there's a box in the living room foyer, a crate. I undid the crate and it's
this big block of metal,
compressed down to just a solid block.
"I realised what he'd done. I did not acknowledge that it had happened...
Then I had it boiled down to a garden sculpture and had it delivered to his
garden and just placed in his garden, and that was the end of it.
"No one to this day has ever acknowledged it."