On Friday, Oct. 15, in an interview on the BBC Radio show Kermod and Mayo, Michael was asked if his new film Best Sellers would be his “last picture.” He responded, “I think it would be, yeah. I haven’t been in the office, obviously, for two years because nobody’s been making any movies I’d want to do. But also, you know, I’m 88. There’s not exactly scripts pouring out [where] the leading man is 88.”
Michael later tweeted, “I haven’t retired and not a lot of people know that.” He also said in a statement to Deadline, “Regarding retirement, I’ve spent over 50 years getting up at 6:00 a.m. to make movies, and I’m not getting rid of my alarm clock!”
As for Ryan, the actor cited a relatable reason why he is choosing to take a break. He shared on his Instagram Story a screenshot of career guide website Indeed’s Q&A page about sabbaticals, which states, “A sabbatical can last anywhere from two months to a year. In general, six months is the standard length of time for a paid sabbatical. It gives you enough time and flexibility to do things such as travel, study or complete a major side project.” The actor crossed out all the last words starting from the word “travel” and wrote in, “Parent.”
Ryan and Blake are parents to three daughters—James, 6; Inez, 5, and Betty, 2.