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Steve Martin Hopes To Dial It Down, But 'Really Not Interested In Retiring'

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on August 11, 2022 at 6:00 AM EDT

With a career that spans over five decades, Steve Martin has no doubt paid his due. However, just when fans believed his career was facing a slow burn, Martin proved he was nowhere near done thanks to "Only Murders In The Building."

The renowned comedian is one of the main trio — Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez — of the critically-acclaimed series, which recently earned 17 Emmy nominations.

As "OMITB" as it is fondly called, wraps up for season two and gears up for a third season which has already been renewed, Martin is opening up about one frequently asked topic — retirement!

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Steve Martin Dishes On Possible Retirement

The multi-talented entertainer is the face of the August issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and like never before, the "Father of the Bride" star talked about his career resurgence and retirement plans.

Martin, who had dialed down his career for most of the last five years, explained that he was content with doing his comedy tours with his best pal Short before "Only Murders In the Building" came along.

"We were very happy just doing the live show. There may be a natural end to that — somebody gets sick, somebody just wears out — but I wouldn’t do it without Marty," he told the publication.

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As for what would happen when the Hulu series ends, the comedian said, "When this television show is done, I’m not going to seek others. I’m not going to seek other movies. I don’t want to do cameos. This is, weirdly, it."

Does this mean Martin is saying goodbye to Hollywood forever after "OMITB" ends? Well, not exactly.

The 76-year-old, who has been married to wife Anne Stringfield for 15 years and with whom he shares a 9-year-old daughter, admitted that domesticity and family are now his highest priority.

Martin said, "I have a family life that’s really fun. 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."

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Hence, there are some projects he wouldn’t just consider anymore. The five-time Grammy Award winner revealed he won’t do studio comedies again because "It’s got failure written all over it!"

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Martin Short, Selena Gomez, and Steve Martin
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As for switching up his comedy tour with Short to include some political humor, Martin answered, "Marty doesn’t mind a ‘boo,’ but I do, so we intentionally minimize any political context. We want to lay down arms for a night."

The 'Cheaper By The Dozen' Star Wants To Slow Down

While Martin wouldn’t do a host of things, he forever has a slew of ideas and content swirling around his mind.

While "OMITB" is shooting, the Texas native has an upcoming memoir "Number One Is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions."

The book is reportedly a collection of anecdotes and references his long status as always No. 1 on the call sheet. Not only that, he has an Apple TV+ documentary about his years in the entertainment business.

Let’s not forget his comedy tour with Short and his passion for banjo playing which sometimes leads to gigs.

With all these on his plate, Martin notes that it’s almost unlikely he would fully hang up his boots.

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Steve Martin smiling

"My wife keeps saying, ‘You always say you’re going to retire and then you always come up with something.' I’m really not interested in retiring. I’m not. But I would just work a little less. Maybe," Martin says.

"The Pink Panther" star is currently enjoying a second career peak — a deeply rare experience for most stars. However, no part of him is taking this new act for granted.

"There’s a time in your career when people are dying to see you. Now is the time in my career when I’m the one who’s got to show up," he concludes the interview.

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