Few actors have had a career as long and enduring as Robert Redford. Once someone that director George Roy Hill had to beg studios to put in the now iconic deconstructionist Western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, he became one of the defining voices of hard-hitting American cinema in the 1970s, in front of and behind the camera, and a continued star and pioneer in his later years, including in the founding of the Sundance Film Festival. Still, with his next film set to premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 81-year-old actor is also ready to call it his last. At least in front of the camera.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Redford announced that after 60 years of acting, he’s ready to retire from it.
“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?”
Redford is referring to his new film, directed by David Lowery, The Old Man & the Gun. The picture, at least judging by its trailer, seems to be a pretty warm and affectionate look at Forrest Tucker, a career criminal who adored robbing banks… and escaping prison after he was arrested for said robberies. Holding 17 heists, and being arrested 17 times, the film may suggest he was a little more active, even in his old age, between arrests, knocking over multiple financial institutions while finding a sweet winter romance with Sissy Spacek.
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