Hollywood legend Robert Redford says goodbye to acting in an interview given to his nephew, Dylan Redford. The 80-year-old actor has two movies to wrap-up and then he’s out!

Robert Redford moves from in front of the camera to behind the camera. Indefinitely. Photo: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images

Robert Redford moves from in front of the camera to behind the camera. Indefinitely.
Photo: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images

Robert Redford is planning to retire from acting in the very near future. The Hollywood star, who has been acting for 56-years, says he has to wrap-up two cinematographic projects before he says goodbye to the limelight. During a recent interview with his nephew Dylan Redford, he speaks more about the two movies.

One of them is a drama called Our Souls at Night, for which filming has ended in early November. The movie, shot in Colorado Springs and Florence, is an adaptation of the novel with the same name, written by Kent Haruf. The cast includes, besides Redford, other remarkable actors such as Jane Fonda, Matthias Schoenaerts and Judy Greer.

The second movie is Old Man with a Gun, “a lighter piece”, as Redford briefly describes it in the interview, starring Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.

“Once they’re done then I’m going to say, ‘Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,’” the actor said. But that does not mean that he will retire from the movie business completely. He will “focus on directing”, Redford mentioned.

Redford is following in the footsteps of other genius actors who have turned their careers to directing. Some of the most memorable names in Hollywood of actors-turned directors are Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Tom McCarthy, Gene Kelly, Mel Gibson, Peter Berg, Sofia Coppola, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Woody Allen and Charlie Chaplin.

Redford is not new to directing. He has been behind the camera on several projects. Of them, his first was Ordinary People in 1980s. His latest is The Company You Keep. The thriller, starring Shia LaBeouf, premiered in 2012.