Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford Listen Up, Christopher Nolan Defends Sound Mix On 'Interstellar' Listen Up, Christopher Nolan Defends Sound Mix On 'Interstellar' Official Soundtrack Details For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Revealed Official Soundtrack Details For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Revealed Casting: Shailene Woodley Joins Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Pic, 'True Detective' Adds Pair & More Casting: Shailene Woodley Joins Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Pic, 'True Detective' Adds Pair & More Rare Pics Of James Remar In James Cameron's 'Aliens' Before He Was Fired Rare Pics Of James Remar In James Cameron's 'Aliens' Before He Was Fired Watch: 40-Minute Discovery Channel Special 'The Science Of Interstellar' Narrated By Matthew McConaughey Watch: 40-Minute Discovery Channel Special 'The Science Of Interstellar' Narrated By Matthew McConaughey 'X-Men: Apocalypse' To Focus On Romance Between Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique & Michael Fassbender's Magneto 'X-Men: Apocalypse' To Focus On Romance Between Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique & Michael Fassbender's Magneto 20 Comic Actors And Their Best Dramatic Roles 20 Comic Actors And Their Best Dramatic Roles Review: 'Dumb and Dumber To' Starring Jim Carrey And Jeff Daniels Review: 'Dumb and Dumber To' Starring Jim Carrey And Jeff Daniels Listen: 45-Minute Talk With Christopher Nolan, Plus The Big Twist From Steven Spielberg's 'Interstellar' Script And More Listen: 45-Minute Talk With Christopher Nolan, Plus The Big Twist From Steven Spielberg's 'Interstellar' Script And More Joaquin Phoenix Says 'Iron Man' Was "Fantastic," Sidesteps 'Doctor Strange' Rumors Joaquin Phoenix Says 'Iron Man' Was "Fantastic," Sidesteps 'Doctor Strange' Rumors Quentin Tarantino Plans To Retire After His Tenth Film, Hopes 'Hateful Eight' Will "Stop The Momentum" Of Digital Quentin Tarantino Plans To Retire After His Tenth Film, Hopes 'Hateful Eight' Will "Stop The Momentum" Of Digital 70mm? IMAX? DCP? How Format Affected Our Theatrical Experiences With Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' 70mm? IMAX? DCP? How Format Affected Our Theatrical Experiences With Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Brad Pitt Plays The Retirement Card, Says He'll Stop Acting In 3 Years

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 14, 2011 at 8:59AM

Have Brad Pitt and his "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh been trading notes? As both men approach fifty, it seems they're eager to step away from the limelight. Hitting the other side of the planet to promote "Moneyball," Pitt has revealed to the Aussie version of "60 Minutes" that he plans to retire from acting. Asked by journalist Tara Brown, "How much longer would you like to do your business for?" the actor had a very simple answer.
10
PHOTO Brad Pitt Plays The Retirement Card, Says He'll Stop Acting In 3 Years

Have Brad Pitt and his "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh been trading notes? As both men approach fifty, it seems they're eager to step away from the limelight. Hitting the other side of the planet to promote "Moneyball," Pitt has revealed to the Aussie version of "60 Minutes" that he plans to retire from acting. Asked by journalist Tara Brown, "How much longer would you like to do your business for?" the actor had a very simple answer.

"Three years," he said. While revealing, he's not quite sure what he'll get to next, it appears that he wants to put a harder focus on producing. "I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. And getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise," he adds.

Certainly, there are a few actors in Hollywood who have had the run Pitt has had. He's worked with nearly every top tier director, his resume boasting names like Terrence Malick, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers, Edward Zwick, Robert Redford, Jean Jacques-Annaud, Gore Verbinkski, Wolfgang Petersen, Doug Liman, Alejandro González Iñárritu and more. And certainly as his fame has grown, he's used his clout as a producer to get movies like "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" and "The Tree Of Life" off the ground. He's been nominated twice for an Oscar and he's pretty much done it all as an actor so, like Soderbergh, it's easy to see why he may be looking to fulfill his creative juices in another venue.

Via his Plan B shingle, Pitt has been developing a plethora of projects including Malick's gestating "The Voyage Of Time" documentary and upcoming starring vehicles "Cogan's Trade," "World War Z" and "Twelve Years A Slave." But therein lies the catch-22 that will be interesting to see how Pitt navigates.

The big reason why he can get difficult or unconventional projects off the ground, is largely by producing and starring in those kinds of films. Or if he doesn't feature in them, they are low-budget enough to get by without his presence ("Kick-Ass") or have another big name actor in the lead ("Eat Pray Love," "A Mighty Heart"). But certainly he has the connections and integrity within Hollywood that he can play the game with the best of them to get things made, even if it will be a bit more challenging without the promise of his presence on-screen to push things through.

Now, will Pitt really step away from acting entirely? We doubt it. Perhaps he'll slow down, and certainly as he also reveals in the interview, he is getting far more choosy with his roles as he becomes more conscious of the legacy that he'll leave behind not only in the industry but for his kids. "If I’m choosing a film now, I want it to be maybe less immature than things I have done in the past. I’m very conscious, when they’re adults I want it to mean something to them," he explained. "I want them to think, 'Dad’s alright.' It changes everything. Everything. And it’s so damn interesting."

So whether we're witnessing the start of Pitt's slow decline out of the spotlight, or perhaps a midlife crisis of sorts we'll have to see. But if anything, he's eager to try and do something different.

This article is related to: Brad Pitt


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates