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Redford and Ayoade enjoy bromance

Richard Ayoade said he has a deep-rooted friendship with Robert Redford: Photo © Redford and Ayoade enjoy bromance Photo

Richard Ayoade has revealed that his connection to Sundance founder Robert Redford runs deeper than most filmmakers.

The British star, who returns to the Sundance Film Festival with The Double, joked that the 77-year-old festival founder has given him a warm welcome.

"I think Robert is grateful that I came. Now he's too proud to say that. But you can see in his eyes," he quipped. "He doesn't want to focus the whole thing on me at this stage. It's kind of between us."

Richard - who made his film directorial debut with coming-of-age film Submarine, which screened out of competition at Sundance in 2011 - continued: "He's there turning down the beds, making sure everyone's got enough eggs. He's all over it. He's just there. But that's just Robert.

"He does too much, I tell him. He won't listen. It keeps him busy, that's the thing. Because otherwise the mind goes. And he's pretty much all there still. He's sharp. I mean there's sometimes a delay. He'll drift off. But he'll come back within five minutes. You just stick with it.

"But sometimes he just hits the deck and does mess-ups and I'm going, 'I don't know you.' A lot of it is about circulation. You've got to keep the blood moving. And joints. You've got to keep your joints opened. And he's more aware of that than anyone. I mean that's why he's been in the business so long."

As Richard kept up his story, The Double star Jesse Eisenberg nearly doubled over with laughter.

"He likes a deep stretch. He works on his glutes a lot," Richard continued.

"But the thing with Robert is that if you stretch him too far he can snap. A little bit like a brandy snap," he added.

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