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Robert Redford says he’ll retire from acting after two more films

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Robert Redford will soon be shifting his focus from acting to directing.

In a recently published Walker Art Center interview with his grandson, Dylan Redford, the 80-year-old actor reflected on his decades-long career, and he revealed he plans to finish the last two films he has in production and then retire from acting.

After his grandson asked him about his lifelong love of painting and sketching, Redford said that at this point in his life, he’s been thinking about giving up acting and returning to his artistic roots.

“Yeah, a lot — and a lot lately because 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.”

Redford added that he plans to finish up the projects he has in the works.

“So, I’m thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much,” he said. “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 [The Old Man and the 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.”

Redford most recently starred in Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, alongside Bryce Dallas Howard. His acting career has stretched more than 50 years, and he’s directed nine feature films, winning a Best Director Oscar for 1980’s Ordinary People.

Read Redford’s full interview with his grandson here