Beatty, 79, began his acting career on television in the
1950s before graduating to feature films, making his
breakthrough in 1967 as lead actor and producer of gangster film
"Bonnie and Clyde", widely seen as a milestone in the history of
His new film, a romantic drama called "Rules Don't Apply" which
he also wrote and produced, Beatty portrays billionaire Howard
Hughes in his first acting role in 15 years and first direction
since comedy drama "Bulworth" in 1998.
"I had some time - you know this little thing called life,"
Beatty said, when asked about his break from the industry.
Walking down the red carpet for the 30th annual Black Tie Salute
with actress Annette Bening, his wife of 25 years, Beatty said
his family mattered more than his Hollywood achievements,
including multiple Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
"This is the luckiest thing that has ever happened to me," he
said, pointing to Bening.
"Then we had four kids, so that's better than any 50 movies,
each kid is better than 100 movies."
(Reporting by Reuters TV, Writing by Natasha Howitt. Editing by
Patrick Johnston and Michael Perry)
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