Robert Redford is not done with acting

Robert Redford
Robert Redford

NEW YORK • The Sundance Kid may have a few acting adventures left in him.

Last month, screen legend Robert Redford said he was finished with acting and planned to focus on directing in his golden years.

But in an interview published last Friday, Redford said he might have spoken too soon.

"That was a mistake. I should never have said that," the 82-year-old told entertainment publication Variety at the New York premiere of his latest film, The Old Man & The Gun. "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 comments backtracked from what he told Entertainment Weekly early last month: "Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting."

So, what does the future hold?

Is Old Man his last movie or not?

"I'm not answering that," he told Variety. "Keep the mystery alive."

In the August interview, he said he would "move towards retirement after Old Man" because he had been in the acting business for more than 60 years.

"I thought, well, that's enough. And why not go out with something that's very upbeat and positive?" he told Entertainment Weekly.

Director David Lowery told Esquire magazine that Redford had mentioned during the shooting of Old Man that it would be his last film as an actor.

The movie, set for release in the United States on Friday, sees Redford play Forrest Tucker, a real-life bank robber whose criminal career and multiple escapes from prison spanned more than 60 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2018, with the headline 'Robert Redford is not done with acting'. Print Edition | Subscribe