How James Woods mistakenly announced his retirement in a real estate ad – Chicago Tribune


James Woods still doesn’t know exactly how the end of his acting career was announced Friday by a real estate reporter from a local Rhode Island newspaper.

But he’s pretty sure it’s his fault.

“My career won’t end with a real estate ad,” Woods assured The Washington Post, after headlines suggested he did just that from the Providence Journal to People (“James Woods found the most unusual way to take a final bow.”)

“It’s just funny,” Woods said. “My agent said, ‘Are you retired?’ I said, ‘I don’t think so, do I?’ “

He’s not, even though the star villain of “Once Upon a Time in America” ​​(1984) and “Ghosts of Mississippi” (1996) is best known these days for “Family Guy” cameos and his ultra-political Twitter feed.

Here’s how, as best Woods can piece together, reports of his retirement became “grossly exaggerated.”

After nearly 50 years in Hollywood, with various Emmy Awards and Oscar nominations to his name, the 70-year-old actor has also racked up quite a few houses.

He owns several properties in Rhode Island, including a lakeside vacation home in Exeter that went on the market this week for $1.39 million.

Before heading to the lake this week, Woods went to lunch with his realtor, Allen Gammons, to devise a marketing pitch.

“We did a little interview,” Woods recalled, then added Gammons to his phone call with The Post for the details.

“You said you wanted to simplify by having fewer assets as you move into retirement,” Gammons said.

“Yeah, exactly,” Woods said.

So Gammons wrote a press release. It started:

“James Woods, longtime Rhode Island resident and Warwick Pilgrim High School graduate, veteran of nearly 150 movies and TV shows, announced today that his recent retirement from the entertainment business has inspired him to simplify his life.”

The real estate agent read the draft to Woods over the phone before sending it. The actor was behind the wheel at the time, and more interested in photos.

“I didn’t pay attention,” he said. “I didn’t hear ‘retreat’.”

Others have heard nothing else.

Buried three paragraphs at the bottom of an article titled simply “James Woods to sell his house in Exeter”, the Providence Journal mentioned that Woods would end his career and “hope to devote more time to passions such as photography, antiques and Texas Hold’em poker.”

These details also come from the press release.

When he learned he had apparently retired, Woods said, he was tempted to leave the story uncorrected to find out what would happen.

“Who would care if I was?” he wondered.

The Hollywood press quickly responded to his question. Within hours, entertainment sites swooped down on the “weird house list,” as Deadline called it.

On Twitter, where Woods writes much less about movies than about conservative politics, fans lamented the news while non-fans laughed at him. If he hadn’t retired decades ago, some joked. Others wondered when he would “retire” from social media, where the actor regularly takes aim at liberal causes and what he sees as leftist bias in entertainment and news.

Woods watched his fake retirement unfold online, but never debunked the report until The Post tracked him down on Saturday.

In truth, he said, it was funny.

“I’m the biggest Twitter tease in the world,” Woods said. “I don’t take myself seriously at all. Why do you think I’m on ‘Family Guy’?”

That said, the actor stressed that he would be happy to play again – if and when a worthy role presents itself.

“No actor is retiring from film,” he said. “In my 30s, I could play a sharp young lawyer. In my 40s, I could play an accomplished family man under attack.”

In his 70s, he said, he hopes to star in an upcoming movie about the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church — not playing a villain this time around, but a gay protagonist.

But this film has not yet been financed.

In the meantime, Woods said, any apparent dry stretch in his resume is due to his own choice, not his retirement — and certainly has nothing to do with antiquity.




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