Robert Redford retires from Hollywood at age of 81

The Old Man & The Gun is the last film in which he’ll perform as an actor

Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun

Robert Redford's forthcoming movie "The Old Man & The Gun" would be his final acting gig. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 81-year-old legend confirmed by himself he was making good on his retirement plan he outlined in a 2016 interview with his grandson for the Walker Art Center and is now putting an end to his Hollywood career...at least in terms of acting.

“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 said, noting that it was the “framework” and the story in Old Man that helped shepherd him to this conclusion.
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.

“To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life,” the Oscar winner said of Tucker, whose stickups spanned over 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. 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?”

When it comes committing to or escaping future directing projects, Redford indicated “we’ll see about that.” In 1981, the native Californian won a Best Director Academy Award for 1980’s Ordinary People; he’s helmed eight other feature films and also founded the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.

The Old Man & The Gun, which Redford also produced, co-stars Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Casey Affleck, and will be released via Fox Searchlight on 28 September. It will be playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Redford who starred in legendary films like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Great Gatsby," "The Sting," "The Natural," "The Way We Were," and "All the President's Men" is calling it a career after nearly 60 years as one of his generation's most iconic actors.

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