Acting is probably one of the most intense professions. Actors’ roads to fame are often difficult, as they are constantly in the spotlight of millions of people around the world, whether in their work or their private lives. When their appearance in a film is successful, they are even more sought after by media and fans, which can be very rewarding, but also heartbreaking. The same thing happens with actors who, for one reason or another, don’t feel comfortable being famous for their work, or those involved in various Hollywood scandals that end up wearing them down.
For this reason, among many others, a number of big players in the industry have decided to retire unexpectedly. Many of them have done so after a lifetime in front of the camera and dozens of blockbuster films in their repertoire. Others, on the other hand, stepped aside because they no longer felt connected to the film industry. This was the case of Mara Wilson, the promising young actress and star of Matildawho in 2000 retired from acting and devotes himself to writing, returning only occasionally for small cameos or to lend his voice to a few characters.
Still, the film and TV industry can be very tempting for performers, and often a retired actor makes headlines about their decision to come back for a role in a movie or TV series, which usually pleases. a lot to the fans. This recently happened with Cameron Diaz. Her last film role was in the 2014 film Anne, alongside Jamie Foxx. Four years later, in 2018, Diaz announced his retirement from acting in order to focus on his family and explore other interests. However, at the end of June 2022, she announced her return to the industry, joined by none other than Foxx, her latest bandmate. The two will star in the action-comedy film Back to action for Netflix. Indeed, like Diaz, many artists retired and eventually decided to get back into it. In this article, we’ll walk through the stories of eight of them.
8 David Letterman
By the time television host, comedian and actor David Letterman decided to retire in 2015, he was already established as the longest-serving late-night talk show host in American television history, with more than 6,000 episodes to his name. However, three years later, Letterman returns to star in a very ambitious project: the Netflix talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction Starring David Letterman. The project received rave reviews and it was even nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special (twice). The show has now been running for four seasons.
seven Emma Watson
In 2009, after filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and spend more than ten years working on the franchise, Emma Watson decided to quit acting to focus on his studies at Brown University. By this time, and despite being one of the franchise’s most successful stars, Watson said she had lost her passion for acting and never wanted to do it again. However, she eventually re-entered the industry, and in 2012 she co-starred in Charlie’s world alongside Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. Following this production, she continued to act under the direction of the most prestigious directors, with Little woman and live action The beauty and the Beast being two of his most notable projects.
6 Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci is a remarkably versatile actor, and among his most notable films are angry bull, Freedmen and Casino. In 1999, Pesci announced his retirement from the big screen to pursue his other passion: music. He did not return to acting until 2006 under the direction of his friend Robert De Niro in the good shepherdand by 2010 in Love Ranch. Almost ten years after his last film appearance, Martin Scorsese recruits him to play Russell Bufalino in The Irishman. After much insistence, by EO, Pesci accepted the role, and the film became a smash hit. In 2020, Pesci was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
5 Rick Moranis
ghost hunters, Little Shop of Horrors, parentingand Honey, I reduced the children are just a few of the blockbusters in which talent Rick Moranis star. Following the latter’s success, he took over the role of Wayne Szalinski in the sequels in 1992 and 1997. However, from that year on, he temporarily retired from acting to devote himself full-time to his children. , following the death of his wife, and since then has not returned to acting, except to lend his voice to films Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Island from Misfit Toys and Brother Bear. More than 20 years after quitting acting, in 2018 Moranis confirmed he would return to the big screen to star in a reboot of Honey, I reduced the children entitled Shrunkthe release of which has not yet been announced.
4 Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins is undoubtedly one of the best actors of his generation, with blockbusters still relevant. However, he came close to retirement several times during his career. The first time was in 1998, when he announced that he no longer wanted to pursue his acting career and would retire. But this retirement did not last long, and within a year he was playing in Instinct, portraying anthropologist Ethan Powell. In 2011, Hopkins was about to quit acting altogether, but luckily his role as Odin in the movie Thor breathed new life into it. From then on, the actor kept himself busy. His last two projects to date are the films The son and rebel moonwhose two release dates have not yet been announced.
3 Robert Redford
Actor, director and producer Robert Redford had already spent 58 years in the industry when, in 2018, he announced that Jthe old man and the gun would be his last film. He intended to devote himself entirely to directing. However, only a year later, he made his comeback to resume his Captain America: The Winter Soldier role of Alexander Pierce in Avengers: Endgamewhich became his last acting project to date, with Omniboat: a fast boat fantasya 2020 anthology film in which he voiced Lokia The Dolphin Monster.
2 Daniel Day Lewis
In 2017, Daniel Day Lewis announced his final retirement, and since then he has not acted. However, this scenario has actually repeated itself several times in his career over the years. He first retired from acting in 1989, when he left the stage in the middle of a Hamlet production and never returned. As for the film industry, his first retirement came in 1997, after starring in The boxer. He then moved to Florence, Italy, and became an apprentice shoemaker. His return to the big screen finally arrived thanks to Martin Scorsese, who convinced him to participate in his 2002 production New York Gangs.
1 Clint Eastwood
Clint EastwoodThe acting career has wavered over the years. In the early 2000s, the actor said he would step away from acting to focus entirely on directing. This, however, did not last long, because in 2004 and then in 2008 he starred in Million dollar baby and Gran Torino. After this last film, Eastwood officially announced his retirement from acting and was absent for several years. He only came out of retirement to play in Problems with the curve, which marked the directorial debut of Robert Lorenz, his production partner. After this main role, Clint starred in The mule and macho crywhich he also directed and produced.