After 60 years in the business, Robert Redford is retreating from the limelight.
“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 tells Entertainment Weekly while promoting his upcoming film, The Old Man & the Gun. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s enough.’ And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”
The 81-year-old says that making the movie made him realize it was time to say goodbye. In the true-life story, he plays Forrest Tucker, who absolutely loves robbing banks (nope, he’s not in it for the thrill, the fame or the cash).
“To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life,” he says. “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. 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?”
Old Man co-stars Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Casey Affleck, and will be released via Fox Searchlight on September 28. The film will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.His roles in The Natural, Ordinary People and Out of Africa are particularly beloved. He won an Oscar as best director for Ordinary People. Redford has won four Oscars in all, in addition to a Film Critic Award, a SAG Award, three Goldens, one Directors Guild of America Award and a BAFTA. Redford began acting on TV in the early 1960s. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996, and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2005. Redford founded the Sundance Institute, largely dedicated to indie films in 1981, and then the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.