Robert Redford retires from acting

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One of the legends of Hollywood acting has decided enough is enough. Robert Redford, in an interview that will be published by the Walker Art Center, says that after the two projects he has in store are done he's going to quit acting and focus on directing.

"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. At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody. It’s just me, just the way it used to be, and so going back to sketching—that’s sort of where my head is right now."

"So, I’m thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much. 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 turned 80 this year. I'm not the biggest fan of his directing, safe for the underrated and indisputably great "Quiz Show," but it's really his acting that has made him the legend that he is today: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting," "Three Days of Condor," "All The President's Men," "The Candidate," and "The Natural" just to name some of my favorites.