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