They first starred opposite each other in the 1960s college comedy Tall Story, and went on to dominate the decade as a captivating screen team.
And almost four decades later, Jane Fonda, 78, and Robert Redford, 81, proved their chemistry was stronger than ever as they attended the 74th Venice Film Festival.
The acting heavyweights hugged and kissed as they picked up their Lifetime Achievement awards – with Fonda cheekily admitting she wished the sex scene in their latest Netflix romance Our Souls At Night lasted longer.
Both Redford and Fonda were honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Our Souls At Night premiere on Friday.
And while they put on a tactile display on the red carpet, Jane was quick to spill on their onscreen bedroom antics.
‘I live for sex scenes with him,’ she said. ‘He’s a great kisser so it was fun to kiss him in my 20s and to kiss him again in my almost 80s.’
The actors, who first worked together over half a century ago, looked utterly comfortable in each other’s presence.
And screen legend Jane showed off her age-defying beauty in a showstopping nude gown, dripping in decadent embellishments.
Featuring demure three-quarter length sleeves and a nipped-in waist, the garment boasted blue floral embroidery and whimsical mesh designs.
Adding an extra dose of sparkle to the glamorous look, Fonda carried a chic gold box clutch.
Sweeping her golden hair into an elegant chignon, the mother-of-three allowed her striking features to take centre-stage.
The eternally youthful star framed her eyes with understated smoky eyeshadow, which she complemented with a dusky pink lipstick.
She was joined by her proud son, actor Troy Garity, 44, who looked dapper in a sharp suit and seemed thrilled to watch his mother receive the award.
Meanwhile Robert proved why he was a heartthrob for decades, looking dapper in a simple black suit and tie.
Proving they still dazzled in each other’s company, he wrapped a tender arm around Jane as she rested her head on his shoulder.
Half a century after playing a young couple in Barefoot in the Park, Fonda and Redford reunite in a Netflix production directed by Indian filmmaker Ritesh Batra about getting another chance at love late in life.
Redford, also the movie’s producer, wanted to make the film because so few movies are geared towards older audiences.
He also wanted to make another film with Fonda before dying.
‘Jane and I have a long history in film and I wanted us to have another chance and we are getting older,’ he said.
The movie, which screened in the out-of-competition section at the festival, tells the story of Addie Moore and Louis Waters, two retired and widowed neighbours living in a small town in the U.S. state of Colorado.
They have known each other most of their lives but rarely spoken. That changes when Addie knocks on Louis’ door one night and asks: ‘Would you be interested in coming to my house sometime to sleep with me?’
What starts as simply having bedtime conversations to help Addie fall asleep, soon goes deeper.
They start sharing their long-silenced regrets about life-changing events in their married lives – Louis’ extramarital affair and Addie’s loss of a daughter – and the resulting difficult relationships with their adult children.
‘For me the movie is about hope,’ Fonda said about the adaptation of a Kent Haruf novel.
‘If you’re willing to make a leap of faith, you can become what you were meant to be even if you’ve never been that before.’
While Redford lamented the fact that when you get older ‘you have to give up certain things’, Fonda said at least when it comes to love and sex, getting older was a good thing.
‘It gets better because we’re braver, what the heck do we have to lose? So my skin sags, so does his. You know your body better so you’re not afraid to ask for what you need,’ she said.
‘So although we never actually get to see the sex in this movie of ours, I think it’s great that they still want to have sex and that they do and they become profoundly together.’
The acting heavyweights, who share four Oscars between them, showed the strength of their near six-decade friendship as they held hands, hugged and chatted together.
The duo’s flurry of on-screen appearances began in 1960 when both made their screen debuts in romantic comedy/college satire Tall Story.
Robert, then 24, played a minor role as a basketball player, while Jane, then 22, took on the lead female role.
Moving forward six years, the pair reunited in 1966 film The Chase, where rising star Robert took one of his first lead roles in the Prison Break saga, alongside Jane and movie legend Marlon Brando.
The next year, the pair, now both established stars, played newlyweds in the critically acclaimed comedy Barefoot In The Park, which saw Jane nominated for a Bafta award.
Fast forward 12 years, the pair, with Jane now an Oscar winning actress and Robert a superstar after title roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Way We Were (1973) teamed up for a fourth time in rodeo drama The Electric Horseman.
Our Souls At Night, which is released on September 29, tells the tale of two widowers who fall in love after living next door to one another for years.
SOURCE: DailyMail – Ekin Karasin