Robert Redford is done with acting.
On Monday, the 81-year-old Oscar-winner confirmed the film “The Old Man & the Gun” will be his final on-screen performance.
“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?” Redford told Entertainment Weekly.
Redford, best known for roles in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Sting” and “All the President’s Men,” first discussed retirement plans in 2016, during an interview with grandson Dylan Redford for the Walker Art Center.
“Yeah, a lot—and a lot lately because 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,” Redford said. “At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody. It’s just me, just the way it used to be, and so going back to sketching—that’s sort of where my head is right now.”
He continued, “So, I’m thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much. I’ve got two acting projects in the works: ‘Our Souls at Night,’ with Jane Fonda, a love story for older people who get a second chance in life, and ‘Old Man with a Gun,’ a lighter piece with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek. Once they’re done then I’m going to say, ‘Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,’ and then just focus on directing.”
“The Old Man & the Gun” will be released Sept. 28.
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