Nearly two years after Robert Redford first announced his plans to retire from acting, the 81-year-old star has confirmed that his upcoming movie The Old Man & The Gun will be his final film performance.
"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 because I’ve been doing it since I was 21," Robert said in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. "I thought, 'Well, that’s enough.' And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?"
However, when asked if he'd continue directing movies in the future, Robert replied, "we’ll see about that." During a previous exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Robert revealed that he was hoping to soon retire to spend more time with his family.
"Well it's been almost 50 years, and I've loved it. But with what time you have left, you want to keep it full. I think I'm done [after my next two films]," he said in 2016.
The Way We Were star added that he's "getting tired of acting." Robert continued, "I'm an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take."
After The Old Man & The Gun hits theaters on Sept. 28, Robert will focus on spending quality time his four kids — Amy Redford, James Redford, Scott Redford, and Shauna Redford — and his wife, Sibylle Szaggars.
"Family has always been first and foremost in his life. While he had to be away for work many times, he’s always been present in their lives," a close friend of the actor previously told Closer. "Now he wants to be so present, they get sick of him!"