After 60 years in the business, Robert Redford is retreating from the limelight.
"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," he tells Entertainment Weekly while promoting his upcoming film, The Old Man & the Gun. "I thought, ‘Well, that’s enough.’ And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?"
The 81-year-old says that making the movie made him realize it was time to say goodbye. In the true-life story, he plays Forrest Tucker, who absolutely loves robbing banks (nope, he’s not in it for the thrill, the fame or the cash).
"To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life," he says. "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?"