Maybe Steve Martin is willing to store his banjo.
With the completion of “Only Murders in the Building,” the Hulu actual crime parody he co-created, the Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian said in a recent interview that he will “work a bit less.”
Once this TV show is ended, I won’t be looking for anyone else. I won’t look for other movies. I refuse to appear in cameos. The Hollywood Reporter was told by Martin that this is it, which is strange. On Sunday, he will turn 77 years old.
Yet he assured the publication that he had no intention of walking away entirely: “Honestly, I have no interest in retiring. I’m not. But I would just work a little less. Maybe.”
Martin insisted he would have more time for his wife, author Anne Stringfield, and their 9-year-old daughter if he cut back on his professional commitments.
I have a really great family life, he said. “I’m not willing to relocate to another location to live or to make a movie any longer. I’m prohibited from disappearing for three months.
He has presented “Saturday Night Live” fifteen times, in addition to being an actor, comedian, writer, and playwright. He is a talented banjo player, winner of five Grammy Awards, and still performs all over the country.
In recent years, he started to cut back on the number of Hollywood films he appeared in. The performer’s most recent feature-length acting performance was in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” a 2016 film directed by Ang Lee.
Martin’s 60-year career will be the focus of a new documentary by Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville, who has previously produced documentaries for Apple TV+ about the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and the father of children’s television, Fred Rogers. The endeavor will be co-produced by A24, an independent powerhouse.
With “Only Murders in the Building,” Martin was nominated for three Emmy Awards this year, including best comedy series, best comedy series writing, and best lead actor in a comedy series. The show’s second season is ready to come to an end.
In the film “Only Murders,” he plays a lonesome Manhattanite who teams up with an odd theatrical director (Martin Short) and a snarky millennial (Selena Gomez) to make a podcast about a series of killings that have occurred in their luxury apartment building.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the popular and prolific singer struck a modest tone: “There’s a point in your career when people are wanting to see you,” he said. “In my work life, I need to be present more than before.”