UPDATED: Actor James Woods, who has said his conservative political views make it hard to get acting jobs, posted a property listing containing an announcement of his retirement from acting on Friday. Woods now says that announcement was in error.
“My career is not going to end in a real estate announcement,” Woods told The Washington Post in an interview.
According to the original statement from real estate agent Allen Gammons, Woods “is retiring from the entertainment industry and hopes to ‘simplify his life’ by selling ‘his many real estate holdings on both coasts.'”
The statement from the agent read that he wanted to spend more time on photography, antiquing and poker. Woods owns four homes in Rhode Island.
According to Woods, he had spoken with Gammons about his property holdings and indicated that he wanted to “simplify by having less property as [he went] toward retirement.” When Gammons read the listing back to him over the phone, Woods wasn’t paying attention and didn’t notice the ‘retirement’ was included in the listing.
“I was not paying attention,” he said. “I somehow didn’t hear ‘retirement.’ ”
The Exeter, R.I. house is listed at $1.4 million.
The 70-year-old actor is known for his roles in “Casino,” “Videodrome,” “Salvador,” “Ghosts of Mississippi” and for his voice work on Disney’s “Hercules,” in which he voiced the villainous Hades. He later won an daytime Emmy for the role in the spin-off cartoon series.
Woods has recently come under fire and made headlines for his criticism of the age gap between the romantic leads in the upcoming film “Call Me by Your Name.” Armie Hammer, who stars in the film, fired back, saying that Woods had at one point dated a 19-year-old when he was in his 60s, prompting actress Amber Tamblyn to respond that Woods had tried to pick up her and a friend when she was 16 and take them to Las Vegas. Upon finding out her age, Tamblyn claims that Woods said “even better.” Tamblyn also published an op-ed piece in the New York Times in which she references the incident.
Woods has denied the allegations.