Robert Redford is one of America’s most enduring actors. With an acting career spanning multiple decades, he’s appeared in or directed stories that have left an indelible impression on people across the country, and world.
Recently, Redford made an announcement that is sure to shock fans. He told Entertainment Weekly that after he finishes filming “The Old Man & The Gun,” he’s going to give up acting for good.
That’s right, Robert Redford is retiring from the Silver Screen.
“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21. I thought, Well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?” said Redford.
According to Pop Culture, his latest work has helped get him into the mindset of retiring. The story follows the real-life saga of Forrest Tucker, a criminal who carried out a lifestyle of robbing banks and breaking out of prison.
“To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life,” Redford said, speaking of Tucker. “The thing that really got me about him — which I hope the film shows — is he robbed 17 banks and he got caught 17 times and went to prison 17 times. But he also escaped 17 times.”
He added, “So it made me wonder: I wonder if he was not averse to getting caught so he that could enjoy the real thrill of his life, which is to escape?”
Redford began his acting career in 1960 with guest appearances in “Maverick” and “Perry Mason.” In the 60s and 70s he starred in “All the President’s Men,” “Out of Africa,” “The Sting,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Great Gatsby.” Other movies include “Jeremiah Johnson,” “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” and “The Natural.”
“I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take,” he said in a 2016 interview at Walker Art Center. After he finished “The Old Man & The Gun,” he said, “I’m going to say, ‘Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,’ and then just focus on directing.”
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