Jimmy Stewart says he's ready for another movie, if the right script comes along. However, "Can't play cowboys anymore," he adds.
Stewart, 81, who hasn't acted in about five years, was interviewed for the June issue of Vogue.
He once ran the movie projector in his hometown of Indiana, Pa., and acquired a degree in architecture from Princeton, but opted for acting. Acting troupes led to Broadway walk-on roles, and after a few years, New York led to Hollywood. Within four years, he'd made 25 movies.
At 32, with credits that included "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "The Philadelphia Story," Stewart entered the Army in 1941, but later returned to Hollywood fearful of his future, with his contract expired and wondering if the public would still remember him.
"That's why I thank (director) Frank Capra in prayers every day," he said. "Cause he just, out of the blue, called me up and said, 'I got an idea for a story, and why don't you come down to the house?' "
The result was "It's a Wonderful Life," which was not successful when it became out but has since become a much-loved Christmastime perennial. "Looking back over it, I can just see that the picture meant more to me than any other," said Stewart.