Robert Redford announces retirement after latest film

7 August 2018

Robert Redford announces retirement after latest film

Robert Redford has announced that he will retire from acting after his latest film, The Old Man & the Gun. 

On Monday (local time), the 81-year-old Oscar-winning actor confirmed that he will have his last on-screen performance, according to The New York Post.

“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,” he said.

Mr Redford told Entertainment Weekly, “I thought, Well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”

Throughout his 60 year-long career in acting, Mr Redford has starred in films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All The Presidents Men, movies which are cemented in cinematic history as classics.

He first discussed his retirement plans in 2016 during an interview with his grandson Dylan Redford.

“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.”

Mr Redford said that Our Souls at Night with Jane Fonda, a love story for older people, and The Old Man & the Gun, starring Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, would be his swansong.

The Old Man & the Gun is set for release on September 28 in the US.