We bid you adieu. After more than half a century in front of the camera, it seems that Robert Redford is giving up acting, choosing to focus on directing and artwork.
In an interview with his grandson, Dylan Redford, for the Walker Art Center, the Oscar-winning actor said he was "tired" of acting, and once he finishes the two films that he's currently acting in, he's throwing in the towel.
"Once they're done then I'm going to say, 'OK, that's goodbye to all that,' and then just focus on directing," he said.
During his legendary career, Robert founded the Sundance Film Festival and starred in over 70 films. His major reveal came after Dylan asked him if ever thinks about returning to painting, one of his loves.
"Yeah, a lot — and a lot lately because I'm getting tired of acting," he said. "I'm an impatient person, so it's hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take."
Art is something that has interested Robert since he was a teenager.
"I wanted to get out of this country and experience different ways of seeing the world. So I went to Europe, but I went as an artist. I was increasing my skill set and exploring storytelling through painting," he said.
"Doing that, I realized how much I loved it," he added. "Later, when I became an actor, I suffered for four or five years not being sure I wanted to be in that business because I so wanted to be an artist. I just wanted to paint and sketch and tell stories by drawing."
He's also been able to tell stories with his directing, as well. He first went behind the camera in 1980 for the family drama "Ordinary People," which won him an Oscar for best director. He's since directed nine other films.
Although he's an old pro at it now, directing was something that he wasn't familiar with when he started.
"I didn't know the technical language of filmmaking," he told his grandson. "So I said, 'OK, I'm going to do my own storyboard,' because I had to explain to the crew and the technical people what I wanted."
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