Reports of James Woods’ retirement from show business are apparently premature, with the 70-year-old actor refuting earlier news that he was planning to pack it in.
The announcement of Woods’ retirement was widely reported, after it was found buried in a press release about the sale of his Rhode Island lake house, which is being listed for $1.39 million, reported the Providence Journal.
Woods, who grew up in Rhode Island, was said to be retiring from show business as part of an attempt to “simplify his life,” noted the press release, a process that includes selling “his many real estate holdings on both coasts.”
Woods’ realtor, Allen Gammons, told the Journal that the Oscar-nominated actor’s decision to retire followed the recent deaths of his brother and mother, revealing Woods was planning to devote more time to such “passions” as photography, antiquing and Texas Hold ’em poker.
Known for such films as “Ghosts of Mississippi” and “Casino”, Woods has been seen sporadically onscreen in recent years, including a 2013 role in “Ray Donovan” and, most recently, playing himself in an episode of comedian Andrew Dice Clay’s Showtime comedy “Dice”.
However, in a subsequent interview with the Washington Post, Woods claims that his realtor got it wrong, and he isn’t going anywhere.
“My career is not going to end in a real estate announcement,” Woods told the Post, adding: “It’s just funny. My agent said, ‘Are you retired?’ I said, ‘I don’t think so, am I?’”
However, Woods is willing to shoulder the blame for the mixup, explaining that he gave a “little interview” to the realtor and wasn’t paying attention (he was driving) when it came time to approve the press release about the property.
“You said you want to simplify by having less property as you go toward retirement,” Gammons said, to which Woods replied, “Yeah, exactly.”
So Gammons wrote up the release, which reads: “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.”
“I was not paying attention,” admitted Woods. “I somehow didn’t hear ‘retirement.’”
And while he has indeed been taking on fewer roles than he had in the past, Woods declared: “No actor retires from the film business.”
Meanwhile, recent years have seen Woods become increasingly vocal on Twitter, where he’s known for his combative comments and extreme right-wing political views.
In addition, the actor recently found himself in the midst of controversy when actress Amber Tamblyn claimed Woods tried to pick her up when she was just 16 (and, she alleges, was well aware of her age). Woods denied the incident, calling Tambyn’s claim “a lie,” which led her to pen a scorching open letter to him, recounting the alleged incident in great detail.
“Only you and your darkness know who you are,” wrote Tamblyn. “Only you and your actions know what you’ve done.”
Woods, in fact, has a history of dating women decades younger than him. In 2007, 60-year-old Woods started to date Ashley Madison, who was then 19. When they split six years later, Woods (then 66) began dating 20-year-old Kristen Bauguess in 2013.