It was sad news when legendary actor and director Robert Redford announced that his latest film The Old Man & the Gun would be his last, but after having second thoughts it seems Redford might not be calling it quits just yet.
— Variety_Film (@Variety_Film) September 21, 2018
In an interview with Variety at the premiere for The Old Man & the Gun, Redford retracted his earlier announcement and left the door open for the possibility of other projects in the future.
“That was a mistake. I should never have said that,” Redford said when Variety asked if he was going through with his retirement plans. “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.”
Instead Redford wanted to keep the focus on the premiere. “I want to be focused on this film and the cast.”
Fans upset by Redford’s retirement were delighted to hear he was thinking it over.
Robert Redford not retiring? Thank goodness!
— Roger Darnell (@RKDarnell) September 21, 2018
— Count James (@ccountjames) September 21, 2018
I have always enjoyed Redford’s films. He has been an advocate for the environment.
— Virginia Giles (@vrgiles1) September 16, 2018
And saw no reason for him to retire anytime soon.
I think what he meant was, I'm retiring because I am old now and no one will every hire me again, so I quit. No need to quit because we still love Robert Redford.
— Kim Marie (@speedk44_marie) September 21, 2018
After all, if @BettyMWhite can act at 96, I don't see why Robert still can!
— Duane Eklof (@MatchGame67) September 21, 2018
Things are still up in the air for Redford. When Variety asked if this would be his last film Redford laughed and responded “I’m not answering that.” Though it seems Redford may have plenty of reasons to stick around, including his new film.
Redford spoke passionately about the project at the premiere on Thursday night in New York City.
“The story and the character, and the fact that it was true…a guy that robbed 17 banks, got caught 17 times, went to prison 17 times, and escaped 17 times, and it’s a true story. Also, it’s very upbeat. We’re living in dark times. These are really dark times we’re surrounded by, and I thought it would be nice to do something upbeat, something positive that might put a smile on your face, you hope.
Redford also spoke about the Me Too movement being the biggest change in Hollywood since he began his 60-year career and how he’s looking forward to the other changes it will bring.
“The fact that women now have a voice that’s going to be heard, and they’re going to raise it louder and louder, I hope, because they’ve been pushed aside for so long. I’m very happy to see what’s going to be happening with women, in terms of leadership roles, executive roles, acting roles. It’s time.”
Hopefully for fans it will all be enough to convince Redford to stick around for a little while longer.