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Robert Redford, founder and president of the Sundance Institute, looks on during a news conference to kick off the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Actor Robert Redford said he's considering retirement


Actor Robert Redford says he's considering retirement, not from the business as a whole, but from acting. 

The 80-year-old told his grandson, Dylan Redford, in an interview for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, that once he finishes the two projects he has in the works, he's going to retire from acting. 

Right now, the actor is working on "Our Souls at Night," with Jane Fonda and "The Old Man and the Gun," with Casey Affleck.

Once they're done then I'm going to say, 'Okay, that's goodbye to all that,' and then just focus on directing.
Robert Redford

Redford's representative told CNN that he still has a few more upcoming projects. 

"He is certainly NOT retiring now...he has several projects that he's acting in coming down the pike," the representative told CNN

I'm an impatient person, so it's hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take.
Robert Redford

In the interview with his grandson, Reford, who's starred in films such as "All the President's Men" and "Out of Africa," said he's "getting tired of acting." 

All The President's Men (1976) Official Trailer - Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman Thriller HD

Besides focusing more on directing, Redford added that he also hopes to return to painting. 

"I started out as an artist when I was 18 or 19 years old," Redford told his grandson. "I wanted to get out of this country and experience different ways of seeing the world." 

It wasn't until later that he became an actor. 

Redford was honored with a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2001 and is also the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. 

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