Oscar winner Robert Redford will retire from acting following this autumn’s release of his upcoming film ‘The Old Man & The Gun,’ the 81-year-old told Entertainment Weekly in a story published on Monday.
Redford, best known for films such as ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ and ‘Out of Africa,’ plays a seasoned bank robber in the new movie, which is scheduled to debut in theaters in September.
‘Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and (I’ll) move toward retirement after this ‘cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21,’ Redford told the magazine.
‘I thought, well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?’ he added.
In the film, Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a real-life career criminal who was caught robbing banks 17 times. Each time he was jailed but managed to escape.
‘To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life,’ Redford said of Tucker, whose robberies spanned more than 60 years.
‘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?’
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