This is a
bold move. Most people would just stop without saying anything. We don’t treat
our elderly well in
Few actors have retired and stuck with it – Joseph Cotton comes to mind – but Newman is likely a man of his word. Walking away is not an easy thing to do, and no matter how off the cuff his decision may seem (Good Morning America?) this doesn’t seem like something he’d undertake lightly. And, of course, the retirement announcement pertains only to films – Newman is still engaged in his food venture and philanthropic work.
Just a year ago, Newman talked up vague plans for another feature, which even then he identified as his last hurrah. But his comments on GMA make plain that he feels he doesn’t have the chops to make that film happen.
"I'm not able to work anymore... at the level that I would want to. You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention." In case you think he’s not quite serious, his final statement on the subject is plain: "So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me."
follows through on his intent to step away from the screen, Cars will be left
as his final picture, but we’ll always have Road To Perdition as his last
live-action movie role, and