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Robert Redford: Success isn't easy

Robert Redford says young stars need to be careful when they dream of having lengthy careers.

The 76-year-old star says the world of cinema still has a pull on him.

He has no intention of stopping acting anytime soon and recently signed up for the new Captain America movie.

The legendary icon has given some advice to up-and-coming film stars who hope to mirror his longevity in the industry.

"I think success has a dark side to it. You want to be careful if you've had success at something that you not try and follow it by just duplicating it. Use that to launch you in a different direction," Robert told The Mayfair Magazine.

"I like movies these days to make [me] think. Some films are made not to necessarily think, but it's like eating cotton candy - you have a wonderful ride and then it's over and that's all you really want."

Robert starred in the 1974 version of the recently remade movie The Great Gatsby, both of which are based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's book. Robert portrayed Jay Gatsby and says that passing the mantle on to new leading man Leonardo DiCaprio is a sign he is relinquishing his leading man status for the next generation. The actor reflected on this, claiming he is happier now than he was at the height of his heartthrob days.

"I'm glad I'm allowed the freedom to experiment; it never used to be like that. When I first came into the scene I was pigeon-holed straight away - the blonde hair, the look, I was screaming, 'I'm an actor,' but it's a message that can't be heard when people are saying you are something different - an image, a brand," he explained. "That was troubling for me - I felt caged. But that's Hollywood for you. I got over it and I'm someone different now."

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