Is James Woods Really Retiring From Acting? The Actor Speaks Out

The 'Once Upon a Time in America' actor was announced to quit acting by his real estate agent as he put his Rhode Island lake house for sale.

AceShowbiz - James Woods broke his silence on retirement reports. He said the rumors were "greatly exaggerated." He said, "No actor retires from the film business. In my 30s, I could play a sharp young lawyer. In my 40s, I could play an accomplished family man under attack."

The 70-year-old actor was announced to retire from acting in a news release issued by his real estate agent while he was putting his Rhode Island lake house on the market. "Longtime Rhode Island resident and Warwick Pilgrim High School graduate James Woods, Veteran of nearly 150 movies and television shows, has announced today that his recent retirement from the entertainment field has prompted him to simplify his life," the original draft read.

According to the "Once Upon a Time in America" actor, he was driving and distracted when the draft was read to him over the phone. "I was not paying attention," he claimed. "I somehow didn't hear 'retirement.' " He added, "My career is not going to end in a real estate announcement."

According to the agent in an article on The Providence Journal, the actor who owns several houses in Rhode Island along with some investment properties planned "to spend more time on passions including photography, antiquing and Texas hold 'em poker." He was selling "his many real estate holdings on both coasts."

"I'm the world's biggest tease on Twitter," Woods explained why he didn't correct the reports sooner. "I do not remotely take myself seriously in any way. Why do you think I'm on 'Family Guy'?"

James Woods is selling his house on Boone Lake in Exeter for $1.39 million. "I'm finally selling my beloved lake house in Rhode Island. I hope whoever assumes the stewardship of this magical place loves it as I did," he wrote on Twitter.

James Woods was last seen on the big screen in 2014's biographical crime drama "Jamesy Boy". He recently landed in hot water after actress Amber Tamblyn accused him of trying to pick her up when she was 16. When she told him her age, he allegedly said, "Even better." "The dethroning continues," Tamblyn, now 34, tweeted in response to Woods' retirement rumors.

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