Despite previous claims from the actor, Robert Redford is now saying that he regrets announcing his retirement from acting. Redford claimed to be retiring from acting in 2016 and then last month announced his retirement again explaining that The Old Man & The Gun would be his last time in front of the camera.
Redford has had a long and successful career in the movie business. Redford began acting in the '60s when he was only in his twenties. Since then he has not only grown as an actor but become a successful director and producer for several films. Redford even won an Oscar in 1981 for directing the film Ordinary People and also won the Honorary Award in 2002 for his lifetime achievements in the film industry. Redford seemingly works just as hard behind the camera as he does in front of it as he founded the Sundance Institute in 1981. While fans of his were disappointed to hear him announcing his retirement from acting, the actor no doubt deserves some time off given his years of work. That being said, his acting career might not be over just yet.
Talking with Variety at the premiere of The Old Man & The Gun, Redford claimed that he regretted announcing his retirement from acting. When asked about his previous claims of retirement Redford responded, "That was a mistake. I should never have said that. If I’m going to retire, I should just slip quietly away from acting, but I shouldn’t be talking about it because I think it draws too much attention in the wrong way. I want to be focused on this film and the cast". The reporter then asked if The Old Man & The Gun would be his final film to which he responded, "I’m not answering that. Keep the mystery alive".
The Old Man & The Gun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, who would continually rob banks, get arrested, and then escape from jail to restart the cycle. Academy Award winners Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek will join Redford in what was thought to be his final film along with Danny Glover and Tom Waits. This film will also be re-teaming Redford with director David Lowery, who he previously worked with on Disney's Pete's Dragon.
While Redford's recent comments may not confirm that he isn't through with acting, it sure makes it seem that way. To admit it was a mistake to make his retirement public is one thing, but to play coy on whether The Old Man & The Gun is his last film seems suspicious if he really is done in the business. Regardless of his decision, Redford will continue to be a respected member of the film industry for years to come given his long list of contributions to Hollywood.
- The Old Man and the Gun (2018) release date: Sep 28, 2018