With a new movie due in September, Robert Redford, 81, has announced that he’s retiring from acting, Entertainment Weekly reports.
“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 told EW. “I thought, well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”
The new movie is called “The Old Man & The Gun.” The EW story notes that the movie helped Redford arrive at the decision to retire.
“In the David Lowery-directed film, Redford plays Forrest Tucker, the real-life career criminal in love with his self-appointed job of robbing banks and breaking out of prison,” EW reports.
“To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life,” Redford says of Tucker, whose stickups spanned more than 60 years. “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.”
Redford suggests that Tucker may have continuously found ways to get caught “so he that could enjoy the real thrill of his life, which is to escape.”
Asked whether he will continue directing, Redford told EW, “We’ll see about that.” Redford won an Academy Award for directing the 1980 movie “Ordinary People,” which also won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Redford has said that his favorite part of all time was playing the Sundance Kid in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Here’s a memorable scene from that film that we found on YouTube: