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Brad Pitt Looking to Step Away from the Acting Game in Three Years

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November 14, 2011
Source: 60 Minutes

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Everyone knows the old saying about quitting while you're ahead, and it sounds like international superstar Brad Pitt is looking to do just that. In an interview with the Australian version of "60 Minutes" (via The Guardian) the actor dropped quite a bomb when the interviewer asked just how much longer he plans on acting. Very quickly, flatly and seriously Pitt replied, "Three years." So it sounds like we've only got a handful of films left to keep the actor on the big screen. Of course, Ocean's 11 franchise collaborator Steven Soderbergh has talked about retirement as well, but that doesn't seem like a sure thing yet. More below!

Pitt seems pretty adamant about stepping away from acting, at least for awhile. The actor points out, "I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. Getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise.” Pitt has been busy as a producer for awhile now, throwing his name behind his own films like The Tree of Life, Moneyball and the forthcoming World War Z, not to mention films like The Departed and Kick-Ass. However, does Pitt's name as a producer carry as much weight for a film if he's not also starring in it? We'll have to wait and see.

Either way, Pitt doesn't intend to stay away from the big screen forever. It sounds like there's some roles he's interested in taking once he's gotten up there in his old age. Pitt told The Sunday Times' Culture magazine (via Star Pulse) "We all have a shelf life, and mine is coming – although there are a couple of things I’d still like to do. I am looking forward to playing a foul-mouthed grumpy old dude one day, that’s for sure.” Pitt taking on a Grumpy Old Men type comedy when he reaches his 70's or 80's sounds like a hell of a lot of fun, especially if he can star opposite an aged George Clooney as well. Either way, audiences better enjoy Pitt's forthcoming films like The Gray Man, Cogan's Trade, World War Z and now Twelve Years a Slave while he's still taking the time to stay in the acting game for now. Anyone disappointed?

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  • Anonymous
    interesting you mention clooney as well. this isn't hate or anything; but, if pitt and clooney both decided to quit acting - i wouldn't care.........they just don't do many movies that interest me.
  • guest
    Movies without Brad wouldn´t be the same! He is too good. Please, don´t stop!
  • Posthuman
    later
  • Gallagher
    I am always skeptical when celebrities say that they are retiring like with Steven Soderbergh and Amanda Bynes who I never believed were retiring. In addition, Brad Pitt has 31 projects in various stages of development.
  • TheBookofDV
    If he did a movie every 5 years that was  interesting and something different, maybe he wouldn't have burned himself out.  Then again, most actors always say if the right script comes along...  I imagine when it seems like acting is the only career choice you have you would want to retire early just like anyone else working.  I have enjoyed maybe half the movies he has been in.  Would see something else with him in it if the story was any good - but maybe he can do something better for the world.  Adios Durden!
  • Guest
    Who the hell is Brad Pitt?
    • guest
      fuck you
  • Woo hoo! Bring on new crops!
  • Blue Silver
    That's ok! Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, Don Johnson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris are COMING BACK!!! This covers a diversity of genres! Enjoy your retirement, Brad!
  • Wakecycle
    Seriously, this guy is so overrated. Be glad to see him go.
  • happy camper
    He was just pontificating while puff puff passing...
  • rennmaxbeta
    Time enough to do an Ocean's 14? "Self-improvement is masturbation."
  • Beete6
    Seven, Fight Club, 12 Monkeys and Snatch were the only great films he did. But i guess four is good films is good for an actor.
    • happy camper
      add The Tree of Life, Babel, Legends of the Fall, Inglorious Basterds, and True Romance.
      • Beetle6
        I have not seen The Tree of Life. The others were pretty good films, but not great/memorable. Not "must-see" films. You can not include True Romance as his role was a fairly small one.
        • safichan
          also dont forget  meet joe black and "magnificent" the curious case of benjamin button...

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