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Paul Newman Hangs It Up

By admin Published: May 26, 2007

The Ohio-born actor has said he's through with acting, according to this report.

I'd like to think this is not some ominous sign that Newman's health is in serious decline. I'd rather believe it's just not easy for him to find parts sufficiently interesting and challenging at the age of 82.

That would mean that, for the right role, he would come back. After all, he's not much older than George Burns was when he made "Going in Style," and that's the movie that proves Burns was a very good actor, and not just in comedy.

Newman made the case for being considered a great actor as a young man. But let's not forget that he has had plenty of accomplishments in the last decade or so.

Newman was around 80 when he played a supporting role in "Empire Falls," where he was also an executive producer. His seventies included "Road to Perdition" and "Twilight" (not a great movie, but a chance to see Newman play with Gene Hackman and Susan Sarandon). And he was almost 70 when he had the great pairing of "Nobody's Fool" (which IS a great movie) and "The Hudsucker Proxy" (an irresistible comedy, whether you consider it great or not).

Yes, there have been missteps, like "Where the Money Is," a movie that makes me ask, "Why is PAUL NEWMAN doing this thing?" And still I watched it, because Paul Newman was doing that thing.

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