Relax, James Woods fans; the actor is not retiring just yet. (But he still wants you to buy his house).
Those reports that he announced his retirement in a real estate listing? Fake news.
Woods still isn’t entirely sure how the end of his acting career came to be announced on Friday by a real estate reporter for a local newspaper in Rhode Island.
But he’s pretty sure it’s his own fault.
“The reports of my retirement are greatly exaggerated,” the 70-year-old Oscar-nominated actor, known for movies such as Once Upon a Time in America, Ghosts of Mississippi and Disney’s Hercules, tweeted on Sunday, alongside a tribute to the late Mark Twain, who once coined a similar phrase in response to a death hoax.
“My career is not going to end in a real estate announcement,” Woods assured The Washington Post, after headlines suggesting it had done exactly that spread from the Providence Journal to People (“James Woods has found the most unusual way ever to take a final bow.”)
“It’s just funny,” Woods said. “My agent said, ‘Are you retired?’ I said, ‘I don’t think so, am I?’ “
He is not, even if the starring villain of “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984) and “Ghosts of Mississippi” (1996) is better known these days for “Family Guy” cameos and his ultra-political Twitter feed.
Here’s how, as best Woods can reconstruct, reports of his retirement became “greatly exaggerated.”
After nearly 50 years in Hollywood, with various Emmy awards and Oscar nominations to his name, the actor has, by age 70, also accumulated a good number of houses.
He owns several properties in Rhode Island, including a vacation home beside a lake in Exeter that was put on the market this week for $1.39 million.
Before driving up to the lake this week, Woods went to breakfast with his real estate agent, Allen Gammons, to devise a marketing pitch.
“We did a little interview,” Woods recalled, and then patched Gammons into his phone call with The Post for the details.