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Robert Redford spotted filming near Occupy Vancouver

Actor and director Robert Redford was sighted near the Occupy Vancouver encampment Tuesday while directing a film.
Hollywood legend Robert Redford was spotted in downtown Vancouver Tuesday, directing a film starring Chris Cooper, looking on from the far left. (CBC)

Many passersby watching fire officials and city workers carry out safety adjustments at Occupy Vancouver on Tuesday got a in little stargazing, too, as Hollywood legend Robert Redford also made an appearance near the encampment.

The venerable A-lister was at the south end of the Vancouver Art Gallery property, directing a feature film titled The Company You Keep.

Redford, 75, also acts in the film, described as a thriller about a violent 1960s U.S. political activist on the run from a journalist who has discovered his new identity.

The film also stars Stanley Tucci, Shia LaBoeuf, Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Nick Nolte and Chris Cooper. Cooper could be seen with Redford on the outdoor set Tuesday.

Redford, who has spoken out politically in the past in favour of environmental and progressive causes, was not seen talking to any of the Occupy Vancouver protesters, camped out at the other end of the art gallery property.