Robert Redford Says He’s Going to Retire from Acting Soon
Robert Redford has had a very long and successful career as an actor, so giving it up at 80 years-old isn’t really all that surprising.
In a candid interview with his grandson, Dylan Redford, on Thursday (Nov. 10, 2016), Redford explained, “I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take. At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody. It’s just me, just the way it used to be, and so going back to sketching — that’s sort of where my head is right now.”
He added, “I’ve got two acting projects in the works: Our Souls at Night, with Jane Fonda, a love story for older people who get a second chance in life, and Old Man With a Gun, a lighter piece with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek. Once they’re done then I’m going to say, “Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,” and then just focus on directing.”
Redford won the Oscar for Best Director in 1980 for his directorial debut Ordinary People, and has directed other stellar films such as Quiz Show and A River Runs Through It, so yeah, we’re okay with him just directing.
As for acting, Redford was last seen in the summer hit Pete’s Dragon.