The one and only Robert Redford says he intends to make good on a claim in 2016 – that he’s retiring from acting just under sixty years after he began it in 1960. Speaking with EW, the 81-year-old actor confirmed that the upcoming David Lowery-directed “The Old Man & The Gun” will mark his final time on screen.
In the film, Redford plays Forrest Tucker, the career criminal in love with his self-appointed job of robbing banks and breaking out of prison which he did successfully seventeen times. Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Casey Affleck co-star in the film which opens September 28th. Speaking of his exit, Redford says:
“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?”
He adds that the story in ‘Old Man’ helped him reach this conclusion and add it “was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life.” As for future directing projects, he only says: “we’ll see about that”.