Kristin Scott Thomas Bored with Acting and May Be Done with It All

February 4, 2014
Source: The Guardian

Kristin Scott Thomas

Last year, Kristin Scott Thomas turned in a pretty great performance alongside Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives. Previously, the actress has starred in films in both France and America including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Tell No One, The English Patients, Mission: Impossible and I've Loved You So Long. However, after 30 years in front of the camera, it appears Thomas is bored with the acting profession, and she just might be retiring from the business of being in front of the camera. Speaking with The Guardian, Thomas refers to herself as a "recovering actress" and sounds exhausted. More below!

Thomas elaborates on her boredom with acting (via The Playlist):

"I realised I've done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages, and I just suddenly thought, I can't do it any more. I'm bored by it. So I'm stopping."

Speaking of her issues with larger productions, "I can't bear all the kind of rubbish that goes on on those big films. I just can't stand sitting around for hours in a great big luxury trailer, waiting, bored out of my head. I used to do." So does she have better experiences on smaller projects? Apparently not. Thomas says:

"The kinds of films that I do are usually quite rapidly put together, and it always seems to be a little bit of a shambles. I like filming, but what I don't like is having to rearrange things and rewrite scenes. I just can't be bothered. I'm often asked to do something because I'm going to be a sort of weight to their otherwise flimsy production. They need me for production purposes, basically. So they give me a little role in something where they know I'm going to be able to turn up, know what to do, cry in the right place. I shouldn't bite the hand that feeds, but I keep doing these things for other people, and last year I just decided life's too short. I don't want to do it any more."

Well, that sounds a little bit whiny, but I imagine anything can get old after you've been doing it for 30 years. Frankly, I'm surprised to hear that the kind of roles she's getting isn't an issue. Actresses always seem to be limited in the kind of characters they're offered when they reach a certain age, even when they're as talented as Thomas, but that doesn't appear to be an issue. If there's one common complaint or observation from being on a film set, it's that everyone stands around a lot. That's mostly because it takes time to set up shots, especially on big productions. Maybe Thomas just needs a break and she won't fully retire. We'll see.

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sound like she is bored with her life.

truong18 on Feb 4, 2014


Well, that's too bad.. She's a terrific actress!

DavideCoppola on Feb 4, 2014


Well, I don't know, Ethan. Whiny? Sounds to me like a pretty uninformed and naive reaction to her telling it like it is with her. Until you have been an actor, and I have, and had the experience she's talking about you might refrain from using such a word as whiny which dismisses this wonderful actress and her experiences making movies. It is a total bore making movies and sitting in your trailer. It is a bore to be used my film companies for their own agendas. You who have never really worked on a movie, from start to finish, every day and night for several months have no idea what that is like. Might pay to listen to such an accomplished actress relating her feelings and experiences, than dismissing her with the use of silly words like whiny. Very disrespectful and for those of you others who are looking on it might well help you realize why she's tired of it all and the people who are so dismissive and disrespectul and the film business if filled with such people; as well as the surrounding hanger-ons and observers fro afar commenting on it. Just sayin'. You couldn't get me on another film set for all the tea in China.

Guest on Feb 4, 2014


Well put. She's probably been acting longer than Ethan's been alive. But hey, what does she know about the business right? She's only been in it for three decades whereas Ethan writes posts for a film blog.

axalon on Feb 4, 2014


I said it sounds "a little whiny," and followed it with recognizing her valid complaints. There's nothing disrespectful about that. I didn't tell her to suck it up or anything like that, but her words actual sound whiny. It's an adjective, not an insult. I've worked on plenty of sets as a production assistant, and we have plenty of experience being on other sets when visiting for a set report. You don't have to be there for an entire production to see how mundane and trying film production can be. Everything she says is accurate, and it's easy to understand why she would get tired of it after 30 years. But at the same time, that's the career choice she made. It's no different than someone saying they're sick of sitting at a cubicle or serving drinks. But at the same time, she's an actress, not a doctor. It's all about perspective.

Ethan Anderton on Feb 4, 2014


well said Ethan

Quynh Truong on Feb 4, 2014


Okay, Ethan...okay. It's cool. But...why even say it? That's all I was saying. If you've worked on set as a PA which is the lowest rung on the ladder than you should really know how hard it is to work on a set. PA's work their butts off for longer hours than anyone and get no real credit or appreciation. Going onto a set to report on the film and actually working all the hours from sun-up to way past sundown on the set are horses of a different color, Ethan. Come on, man. Just knowing you are only there for a bit and can leave makes all the difference in the world. Every set that I've worked on...either as an actor or an AD the whole crew starting is not the same crew at the end. Many do not make the whole ordeal for many different reasons. They get fired, can't handle it any longer and quit, whatever. And I've never been on any set where half-way in or especially 3 quarters of the way in everybody, crew, cast, etc. are ready to go home and chat with each other how heavy it's getting and are hoping to be able to make it to the end. Anyway, apples and oranges. I'm sure Ms. Thomas can take care of herself and doesn't need me to defend her. Perhaps, as a writer who people read you might re-think what words you use and what the imply. Or not. Up to you, of course. But again....whiny? Ugh!

Guest on Feb 5, 2014


When does her memoir drop?

DAVIDPD on Feb 4, 2014


I don't care. They've inventend Scarlett Johansson and I rather watch that.

Nash on Feb 5, 2014

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