Robert Redford announces retirement

2018-08-06 16:00

Cape Town – Robert Redford’s upcoming film, The Old Man & The Gun will be his final curtain call. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly the acting legend confirmed that he will be retiring. 

The Oscar winner says his role in the film helped “shepherd him to this conclusion.”

The film is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. 

Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

For the 81-year-old this was a wonderful character to play at this stage of his life. 

“The thing that really got me about him — which I hope the film shows — is he robbed 17 banks and he got caught 17 times and went to prison 17 times. But he also escaped 17 times. So 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?,” says Redford. 

The Old Man & The Gun will premiere at The Toronto Film Festival in September.


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