After a career which has spanned almost six decades, two Academy Awards, the formation of a film festival and one film where he voiced a horse, Robert Redford is going to make good on his threat to retire from acting. The All The President’s Men star has announced his role in David Lowrey’s The Old Man & The Gun will be his last.
“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,” Redford told Entertainment Weekly. “I thought, Well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?” He had previously made noises about being “tired of acting” back in 2016.
Having broken through with roles as charismatic crooks in The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, it makes a sort of sense Redford would bring things full circle and make The Old Man & The Gun his Hollywood curtain call.
Lowrey, who previously directed Redford in his live-action Pete’s Dragon remake, adapted David Grann’s New Yorker article of the same name, which tells the story of ageing career criminal and prison escape artist Forrest Tucker. It also stars Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Elisabeth Moss and Casey Affleck, who previously starred in the director’s A Ghost Story and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Robert Redford has suggested that he may return to the director’s chair following his retirement from the acting game. He directed nine films since 1980’s Ordinary People, including 1994’s Oscar-nominated Quiz Show. His last spell behind the camera was 2012’s The Company You Keep, where he starred alongside Shia LaBeouf.
The actor has had a career of impressive longevity and quality. After making a name for himself on the Broadway stage in the fifties, he moved to television and film acting with smaller roles in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Jane Fonda romcom Tall Story, he had a run of high-profile roles in The Great Gatsby, Three Days of the Condor and All The President’s Men.
As he grew older he continued to rely on both his natural charisma, good looks and acting prowess with parts in Indecent Proposal and Tony Scott’s Spy Game. Recently he impressed with a villainous role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the lead part in JC Chandor’s All Is Lost, where he’s more-or-less the only person on screen for the entire running time.
The Old Man & The Gun will hit theatres on September 28 2018.