And that's a wrap! Robert Redford reveals plans to retire from acting

Robert Redford has revealed his plans to retire from acting following a movie career spanning almost 60 years.

The Truth star, 80, said he plans to focus more on his other passions of directing and painting as he had grown "tired" of being in front of the camera.

Robert Redford
Robert Redford (Ian West/PA)

In an interview with his grandson, Dylan Redford, he said: "I'm an impatient person, so it's hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take."

Answering a question about whether he has thought about returning to painting - the career he started in his late teens - he said: "Yeah, a lot, and a lot lately because I'm getting tired of acting.

"At this point in my life, age 80, it'd give me more satisfaction because I'm not dependent on anybody.

Robert Redford
Robert Redford (Evan Agostini/AP)

"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."

The father-of-four, from California, is currently starring in Our Souls At Night, an older-generation love story with Jane Fonda which is due to be released next year, and Old Man With A Gun, with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.

"Once they're done," he said, "then I'm going to say, 'OK, that's goodbye to all that, and then just focus on directing."

Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford appear in a scene from the film The Way We Were
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford appear in a scene from the film The Way We Were (AP)

Robert received his art training in Paris after dropping out of the University of Colorado and said he was "devastated" when his tutor found his early work disappointing.

"The only way I've ever understood myself is by looking in a mirror," he said.

"I suddenly realised, 'No. We look in a mirror and immediately we put on the face we think we should put on. We don't really know what we look like'.

Barbra Streisand presents Robert Redford with an honorary Oscar during the 74th annual Academy Awards
Barbra Streisand presents Robert Redford with an honorary Oscar during the 74th Academy Awards (AP)

"So I decided to find out what I really look... I'm going to sit here in front of this mirror and look at me and just keep looking at me and see what happens."

His first film role was as a basketball player in Joshua Logan's Tall Story in 1960 and he soon shot to Hollywood stardom.

But Robert revealed that his enthusiasm for creating more independent films came with his involvement in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid in 1969, one of the roles he is most famous for.

Oscar winner Robert Redford poses at the 53rd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles
Oscar winner Robert Redford poses at the 53rd Academy Awards in 1981

Telling his grandson how the film, in which he played the Sundance Kid, flew in the face of Hollywood film fashion at the time, he said: "The mainstream did control the marketplace at that time.

"They would tell stories, but they wanted to feel that those stories were going to be commercial, and as a result, the mainstream began to tell stories that were pretty much all the same.

"American culture was so much red, white and blue from the 1940s on, and the studios were following that lead so that things were just very red, white and blue -- meaning commercial.

A 1965 photo of Robert Redford
Robert Redford in 1965 (AP)

"I was very much a part of the studio system. But I felt that there were other stories to be told that were more in the grey zone, where life was more complicated, so I started Sundance."

In 1981, Redford set up the non-profit Sundance Institute, which provides financial and creative support to independent film-makers. It also hosts the renowned Sundance Film Festival.

Commenting on how he faced criticism for trying to uphold a career both as a mainstream and independent film actor in the late Sixties, he added that he "just wanted to broaden the landscape".

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