Actor Robert Redford has announced that the Marvel film Avengers: Endgame, the last in the MCU’s current phase, will also be the final part of his career on screen.
Known for an iconic portfolio that has spanned six decades, including in films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Great Gatsby and The Sting, Redford also played Hydra agent Alexander Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Endgame. However, Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed on the commentary accompanying the film’s digital release that Redford had also revealed that it was to be his last ever acting role. It comes as one of the first of a number of ‘lasts’ ushered in by Marvel, including the final screen appearance of Marvel godfather Stan Lee, who died in the spring of 2019.
“And this is, as declared by the man himself on set, Robert Redford’s last movie role,” the film’s co-writer Christopher Markus revealed.
“That was his last day of acting,” Joe Russo said. “Ever.”
“His last performance, Stan Lee’s last performance,” Anthony Russo noted.
“Yeah, seven years of really incredible moments on these movies, this is certainly up there, directing Robert Redford’s last day,” Joe added.
Redford himself had told his grandson Dylan three years ago that he was getting tired of acting due to his being “an impatient person” and that he preferred from now on to focus on directing. He has also been vocal about various aspects of US politics; open about his liberal beliefs and his view that American political discourse has become far too noxious and polarised.
Yet he has continued to work on projects since then, and it looks unlikely that that will stop any time soon. Redford is set to appear in the upcoming HBO version of the Alan Moore comic Watchmen (the 2009 film version of which was heavily criticised), where he is due to play himself. It tells an alternate version of history where Richard Nixon wins an election again in 1988, but dies in office, with Gerald Ford going on to be defeated by Redford in 1992.
The Russo brothers conceded that Redford might change his mind, given that in 2016, the star had similarly said that he was stepping back from acting. However, Joe Russo said it was “certainly up there, directing Robert Redford’s last day.”
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