Robert Redford to retire from acting: 'Goodbye to all that'

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Robert Redford says he'll soon retire from acting to focus on directing, his grandson Dylan Redford wrote in a story for the Walker Art Center.

He opened up to his grandson, discussing his career and revealing that after his next two projects, he is going to retire from acting to focus on directing.

"I'm getting tired of acting," Redford said. "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."

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Robert Redford (left) as Sundance Kid and Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy in the 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff and Robert Redford as Johnny Hooker in the 1973 film The Sting. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford on the set of Jeremiah Johnson based on the novel by Vardis Fisher and directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American flm star Robert Redford at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by �� Miroslav Zaj��c/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor, director and producer Robert Redford on the set of his movie Quiz Show based on the book by Richard N. Goodwin. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor, director and producer Robert Redford. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford and actress and singer Barbra Streisand on the set of The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Robert Redford, moving into the director's chair for the first time, won the Oscar as Best Director for Ordinary People.
(Original Caption) : UNDATED-Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand share a scene in 'The Way We Were.' In 'Big Bad Wolves,' published by Pantheon Books, Joan Mellen writes that 'It is not only Gable who has seen his role in movies as one of perpetuating the image of male power. Robert Redford brings to the screen the same sensibility.' Redford and Streisand are shown embracing in this movie still. Movie released in 1973.
American actor Robert Redford on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid directed by George Roy Hill. (Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Actor Robert Redford. Redford wears a sweater with the letter 'W' on the front and a wide, white collar. ca. 1960's.
Robert Redford as presidential candidate Bill McKay in The Candidate (1972). (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, in All the President's Men.
(Original Caption) : REDFORD NARRATES SPECIAL; Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford is the off-camera narrator for 'The Predators,' the special examining the balance between predators and prey in the North American wilderness, to be colorcast on the NBC Television Network Thursday, May 19 (8-9 p.m., NYT). Ca. 1960s-1970s. Filed 4/22/1977.
Robert Redford Leaning on a Brick Wall (Photo by Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Darryl Hannah and Robert Redford on the set of Legal Eagles written and directed by Ivan Reitman. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford on the set of The Electric Horseman directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Robert Redford and Meryl Streep on the set of Out of Africa based on the book by Karen Blixen and Judith Thurman, and directed by Sydney Pollack. | Location: Shaba National Game Reserve, Kenya. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Sidney Poitier and Robert Redford on the set of Sneakers written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
British actor Ralp Fiennes (C), American actors John Turturro and Rob Morrow, surround actor, director and producer Robert Redford, on the set of his movie Quiz Show based on the book by Richard N. Goodwin. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Robert Redford and Brad Pitt on the set of Spy Game, directed by Tony Scott. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Robert Redford and Jane Fonda on the set of The Electric Horseman directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Redford, 80, was last seen on the silver screen in Disney's "Pete's Dragon," opposite Bryce Dallas Howard. Among his most popular films are "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Way We Were," "The Sting," "The Great Gatsby," "All the President's Men," "The Natural" and "Out of Africa." He won an Academy Award for directing "Ordinary People" in 1981 and was presented with an honorary Oscar in 2002.

The legendary actor was also known for his part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He played Alexander Pierce in "Captain America: The Winter Solider," alongside Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. This wasn't the first time the actor was approached to join a comic book franchise.

He had been approached by Warner Bros. to play Superman back in Richard Donner's film in 1978, a role that eventually went to Christopher Reeve.

Redford is also responsible for starting the Sundance Film Festival, which has become a staple in Hollywood for launching filmmakers.

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