Once a household name, Robert Redford has been absent from Hollywood lately, leaving many to wonder why. While Redford still has a fan base that is both loyal and devoted, they haven’t seen any project released by the 81-year-old actor in a long time. This article will answer the question of why we haven’t heard much from Robert Redford in recent years.
A Brief Look at Robert Redford’s Storied Career
Before talking about why we haven’t heard from Robert Redford in a while, it’s important to look at his career. Robert Redford enjoyed a storied career, with his first acting job being in the early 1960’s. Throughout the ’60’s and ’70’s he became a leading star in many different films and television shows. Redford came to prominence through his roles in films like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and shows like “The Twilight Zone”.
His Breakthrough Performance
Redford’s breakthrough performance came in 1973 with his starring role in “The Sting”, a film about two con-men hustling the mob out of millions of dollars. The overarching themes in “The Sting” reflected the themes of deception, moral ambiguity, and redemption that Redford pursued throughout his career. Redford was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the film.
The Height of Robert Redford’s Career
The release of his directorial debut, “Ordinary People”, set off a string of successes over the next two decades. The film starred Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland. Robert Redford won his second Academy Award for Best Director. He was nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for the film and it won Best Picture at the Oscars.
In the following years, Redford went on to direct and star in several other cinematic classics like “Out of Africa” and “A River Runs Through It.” His performances in these films put him in the running for the Best Actor awards at the Academy Awards. By the 1990s, Robert Redford had become the face of A-list movie stardom.
The Reasons Why Robert Redford Has Disappeared From Hollywood
Throughout his illustrious career, Redford had repeatedly spoken out against the “star-making machinery” in Hollywood. So, why have we not heard much from Robert Redford lately?
Redford Wanted to Pursue Other Interests
A major factor for Redford’s unexpected hiatus was his own desire to pursue other passions. As he announced in 2018, he wanted to “step back” from acting to concentrate on his painting, writing, directing and producing.
Redford Wanted to Focus on His Other Projects
Redford didn’t restrict his acting ability to the silver screen alone during his cinematic career. For the past couple of decades, he focused on producing, directing and acting in smaller projects. This included projects dealing with civil rights activism and bringing diverse stories to the big screen. Redford wanted to make sure that his legacy is known outside the Hollywood circles, which took up the majority of his time.
Redford Wanted to Make Projects Closer to Home
Another reason why it looked like Robert Redford had retired was that he has come to prefer projects that would take him closer to home. While he still appeared in various TV shows and films, these had been limited to smaller roles. Redford also went back to acting in plays, which also took him away from Hollywood.
Redford Wanted to Spend Time With His Family
In addition to his other commitments, Redford had also stated that he wished to spend more time with his family. Redford had been married to Lola Van Wagenen since 2009 and has five children from previous relationships. Redford wanted to focus on the relationships with his family and other commitments rather than the big-budget Hollywood blockbuster roles.
The Final Reason Redford was Away for So Long
The real reason why Robert Redford had been away from the limelight for so long is that he wanted to. Even though refusing to accept the big-budget Hollywood roles kept him away from the big screen for so long, it also allowed him to pursue his other passions and spend more time with his family.
Other Projects That Redford Has Been Working On
Redford was not completely absent and his passions outside of acting had been keeping him busy. In 2002, he opened the Sundance Film Festival, which became one of the biggest independent film festivals in the world. He also opened the Sundance Institute which dedicated itself to the discovery and development of new filmmakers.
Redford also founded “The Redford Center”, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing attention to crucial environmental issues. Most recently, Redford was working on a project called “The Daylight Project”, wherein he supported various charities, campaigns and organizations that bring daylight to those suffering in darkness.
Return to Acting
Capitalizing on the success of “Avengers: Endgame”, Redford made a surprise comeback in 2019, in the super-hit film. Even though he had a small cameo in the film, it was enough to bring his name back into the spotlight. He also made a one-episode appearance on the popular science fiction TV series “The Expanse” the same year.
The Future of Robert Redford
Despite being 81-years-old, Robert Redford shows no signs of slowing down. While he may not take on big-screen roles anymore, he’s still actively pursuing his other projects. For instance, he is currently working on four movies, which he plans to direct. He also has multiple other projects in the pipeline.
Even though Robert Redford is no longer in the spotlight, his work outside of the big screen has kept him quite busy. Over the last couple of years, Redford has been working on a number of different projects that demonstrate his commitment to philanthropy and the environment. We can only hope that his return to the big screen in “Avengers: Endgame” will pave the way for other projects in the future.