“I thought, well, that’s enough.”
Robert Redford has announced he’s officially retiring from acting.
In an interview with EW, the 81-year-old actor confirmed the upcoming drama The Old Man & the Gun will be his very last role. Redford, who’s been acting since the 1960s when he was 21, firmly believes it’s time to go into retirement.
“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,” Redford said. “I thought, well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”
The Old Man & the Gun poster, via IMDB.
The Old Man & the Gun, which Redford also produced, helped the actor make his big decision. The film centers on Forrest Tucker, a real-life career criminal who was in love with robbing banks and subsequently breaking out of prisons. “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 explained.
Redford is known for his roles in such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Great Gastby, All Is Lost, and plenty more. He also starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Alexander Pierce.
The Old Man & the Gun will hit theaters on September 28 in the U.S. and December 7 in the UK.
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