This photograph was making the rounds yesterday. It was Paul Newman’s birthday. He was born on 26 January 1925.
I’m always taken aback when I see bodies of people from the 1960s and 1970s. They strike me as leaner than bodies today, still muscled but with less body fat. Newman was 43 years old here. Redford, born on 18 August 1936, was 32. They weren’t young. I know they were prominent actors and had to stay in shape for roles but even other photos of people from this time reveal a leaner shape. Why do you think?
A Laughing Paul Newman and Robert Redford playing ping-pong in Mexico during a break from the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, taken in 1968. – Photograph by Lawrence Schiller