Robert Redford is an icon in Hollywood and is known for his acting, directing skills and being a philanthropist. He made his screen debut back in 1960 and has had a fruitful career ever since. Redford is also responsible for starting the Sundance Film Festival, which has become a staple in Hollywood for filmmakers.
He recently opened up during an interview at the Walker Art Center, in which he discussed his career and that after his next two projects, he is going to step back from acting and retire.
“I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take. 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 was also known for his part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He played Alexander Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Solider, alongside Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. This wasn’t the first time the Redford was approached to join a comic book franchise. He had been approached by Warner Bros. to play Superman back in Richard Donner’s film in 1978.
While it appears that Redford will be stepping back from acting, it’s highly unlikely that he will abandon art.