I have seen some claims that Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (played by Morgan Freeman) from The Shawshank Redemption was actually just a figment of Andy's imagination. Is there any evidence to this claim in the movie? Or is there any more evidence in the source novella? I can't find any reputable citations to that effect after looking deeper.

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    doesn't he physically interact with multiple other people in the prison? – KutuluMike Sep 11 '16 at 23:12
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    Is anybody real? – Möoz Sep 11 '16 at 23:16
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    "I have seen claims" <-- Where have you seen these claims? – Möoz Sep 11 '16 at 23:18
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    He's a figment of Stephen King's imagination. So is Andy. 8-)} – Keith Thompson Sep 11 '16 at 23:21
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    And Andy also imagined Red's parole hearings? And got all those items that Red supplied him from thin air? Honestly, like Mooz says, if we start asking this about characters like Red who are obviously around and part of the plot, we might as well ask if any supporting character in the history of cinema was real. – Walt Sep 11 '16 at 23:35

No, Red was very real (within the context of the story), as acknowledged by the warden and both prison guards in this scene where they take him down to Andy's cell to question him over the disappearance.

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