Robert Redford has told a British interviewer that he found the idea of a remake of his 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid depressing. Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, Redford said, "There is no shortage of good, original ideas, and there's just no point to remakes. ... Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect the first time around. The British newspaper said that Redford was responding to reports that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are planning a new version of the film, with Damon in the Redford role and Affleck in the Paul Newman role.