After a career that has spanned six decades and includes roles in such classics as All The President's Men, A Bridge Too Far, Sneakers and even Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Robert Redford has announced that his latest movie will be his last as an actor. The Hollywood veteran is set to play Forrest Tucker, a real-life career criminal who at the age of 70 pulled off a daring escape from San Quentin prison followed by a string of robberies that confounded the police and enchanted the public.
In an interview, Redford told Entertainment Weekly:
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. I thought, Well that's enough. And why not go out with something that's very upbeat and positive?The director of The Old Man & the Gun, David Lowery (A Ghost Story) recently spoke with Empire Magazine about being the last man to direct Redford: "He mentioned that right before we started production." "All of a sudden, the weight of that statement landed on my shoulders!" Later adding:
I think the movie is as much about [Redford] as it is about this character. It's about someone in the twilight of their life, doing something they love. There's an inevitability to the character that is impossible to separate from Mr Redford himself, and an inherently bittersweet quality.
The Old Man & the Gun is set to hit UK cinemas on the 7th December.
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