Where have you gone, Robert Redford? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you -- and Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman.
Image Credit: Andrew Wilson/PR Photos; David Gabber/PR Photos; Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesRobert Redford, Duke of Sundance, tells ABC that many people erroneously think he doesn’t want to act in movies anymore. “Something is happening over the years that makes a lot of people think that I don’t do this anymore, when the truth is, it’s what I enjoy most,” he said to Peter Travers.
Redford, 74, directed and co-starred in Lions for Lambs (2007), but it’s true that the 1970s heart-throb has been less active in front of the camera in the last 10 years, making only three films. As someone who grew up watching — and re-watching — The Natural, who reveres All the President’s Men, and who considers Spy Game one of the most underrated films of the young century, I hope the film projects he discussed with Travers come to fruition.
Redford isn’t the only beloved living legend who has quietly disappeared from multiplexes. Gene Hackman, 81 on Sunday, has publicly announced he’s finished with film and seems content writing historical fiction instead. (His Payback at Morning Peak arrives this June.) A Newsweek writer lauded Hackman’s legacy last year on his 80th birthday with the ulterior motive of luring him back into the game, but it didn’t seem to have any effect. Warren Beatty, 73, was the ultimate multi-hyphenate Hollywood player, but he hasn’t been officially involved with a film since 2001 (Town & Country).
Now I can’t imagine that this hallowed trio isn’t making movies just because people don’t ask, as Redford hinted. In fact, they’ve earned their right to play golf, write fiction, and just relax. But just to be safe, I feel compelled to remind them how important their work was to several generations of movie buffs — and how much great work still remains a possibility. I know there’s a Road to Perdition out there for Beatty. Redford would make a great Branch Rickey. And Hackman could return for the new Superman film. Heck, I’m even settle for a Muppets movie cameo, Mr. Hackman. We miss ya.