Richard Dreyfuss: 'It's simple, I work for the money'

Richard Dreyfuss has no ambitions to be a director.

Richard Dreyfuss works for the money, not his love of acting.

The Jaws star has been an employed actor since the ‘60s, bagging an Oscar in 1978 for The Goodbye Girl. However his heart is no longer fully in it, though he continues as it pays the bills.

It was after being let go from London musical The Producers in 2004 that got him thinking about another career. While he does still get a kick out of being in front of the camera, his mind is often elsewhere.

“I was fired (from The Producers) because I didn’t sing or dance – I stayed anyway and went to Oxford University for four years (studying civics),” he told Britain’s Metro newspaper. “And that was my walk-away from the film business. Then I came back and found that I didn’t have any money and I had to go back to work. So having to go back to work and working purely out of voluntary love are two different things. Although I really love being on set, I would much rather be doing something with political activism.”

His political views have led to him blasting Donald Trump’s celebrity supporters. The billionaire businessman is now officially the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States, something Richard can’t get his head around.

While he continues to work as an actor, 68-year-old Richard says he has no ambitions to get behind the camera. He did once helm a TV short, but reveals there’ll be no more directing from him.

“I’m not a director. I admire directors like crazy but I know my limitations,” he shrugged.

Even working with movie greats like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg hasn’t had an impact on him.

“Well, this is not to put anything against George, because I really love him, but George Lucas is the only director I’ve ever met who didn’t like being a director!” he smiled.

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