Steve Martin Clarifies His Retirement Comments: 'It's a Little Overstated' – MovieWeb
Steve Martin doesn’t plan on leaving Hollywood anytime soon.
Steve Martin is one of the most well-known and beloved actors ever to reach the pinnacle of Hollywood success. Martin starred in countless films, and TV shows across his five-decade career, including The Jerk, Pink Panther, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Father of the Bride. Most recently, he's starred in Only Murders in the Building alongside frequent collaborator Martin Short and Selena Gomez. In addition, Martin received an honorary award in 2014 at the Academy Awards in recognition of his extraordinary talents and the unique inspiration he brought to cinema.
Last month, reports surfaced suggesting Martin would retire following the end of Only Murders in the Building; however, the actor is clarifying his previous statement to People while walking the red carpet of the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards. "It's a little overstated," Martin said regarding his retirement. "They asked me, 'Do you think about retirement?' I said, 'Well this is it. I'm doing a television show, I've got a book coming out and I'm touring with [Short]. That kind of is my retirement — that's what it's going to look like.'"
During his initial interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Martin clarified that the reason for stepping away from the spotlight and larger projects is his family life.
"I have a family life that's really fun." He continues, "To film a movie now, to go someplace else to live, I'm not willing to do that anymore. I can't disappear for three months." Martin says if anything, he will take a little less work. "My wife [Anne Stringfield] keeps saying, 'You always say you're going to retire and then you always come up with something.' I'm not really interested in retiring. I'm not. But I would just work a little less. Maybe."
Martin Short and Steve Martin are a pair that always go well together, which is made clear by their frequent collaborations with one another. Their first project came with Three Amigos! in 1985, before joining again for Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II in 1995. In addition, the pair performed voice work together in the 1998 animated film The Prince of Egypt.
Martin and Short starred in the 2018 Netflix comedy special, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life which received four Emmy nominations. In 2021, the duo reunited for Only Murders in the Building, which just wrapped up its second season. Short tells People, "I can't imagine him ever retiring. I hope not, because then you know what happens to me," as he jokingly crosses his neck with his finger.
Fans can see more of Steve Martin and Martin Short when Only Murders in the Building Season 3 arrives on Hulu sometime in late 2023 or early 2024.