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Brad Pitt says he'll retire in three years

11.14.2011

We hear actors talking about taking early retirement all the time, but either they're really old and tired of it all (Sean Connery), or really young and too naive to know better (Amanda Bynes).

But you don't get any more A-list than Brad Pitt, who has been working consistently for decades now, and likely could have many great years on the screen ahead of him. That's why it's so surprising to hear his answer to the Australian 60 Minutes question, "How much longer would you like to do your business for?"

"Three years," he says. And after that?

"Hell if I know. Hell if I know. 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, so…You know, I have gotten away with a few things in writing and I have been pissed off about a few things. How’s that?"

But still, retiring from acting at 50 for someone as high profile as Pitt is a pretty unusual statement. It's not like he's had a string of awful movies or something that has had him lambasted by critics or fans.

In the last few years he's starred in MONEYBALL, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE TREE OF LIFE and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, all of which were hugely praised and had or will have a few Oscar nominations, including at least one for Pitt personally.

Why would you hang it all up now Brad?

Extra Tidbit: I guess you might just get tired of the life, and if you have that much money and as big a family as he does, the question might be why the hell WOULDN'T you retire?
Source: 60 Minutes

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11:29AM on 11/15/2011
"Australian 60 Minutes"
wow, then it's really serious!
"Australian 60 Minutes"
wow, then it's really serious!
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11:18AM on 11/15/2011

yeah yeah yeah

And Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger will leave the US if George Bush is elected president. Can't believe a word these people say as they are so use to lying for a living. Don't male any promises you don't plan on keeping Hollywood.
And Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger will leave the US if George Bush is elected president. Can't believe a word these people say as they are so use to lying for a living. Don't male any promises you don't plan on keeping Hollywood.
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6:26AM on 11/15/2011
If he does- he does- he had an excellent run, and still continues..however, I too am in the bracket where i'd like to see him shift focus to producing full time, rather than gone completely.
If he does- he does- he had an excellent run, and still continues..however, I too am in the bracket where i'd like to see him shift focus to producing full time, rather than gone completely.
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10:02PM on 11/14/2011
I feel the need to make some sort of Robert Redford analogy, but can't find a way to make it coherent.
I feel the need to make some sort of Robert Redford analogy, but can't find a way to make it coherent.
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5:59PM on 11/14/2011
It would be nice if he were to go the Clint Eastwood route of just producing and directing and then occationally stepping into an acting role when the right one comes along.
It would be nice if he were to go the Clint Eastwood route of just producing and directing and then occationally stepping into an acting role when the right one comes along.
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4:59PM on 11/14/2011
Retire young and stay good looking forever.
Retire young and stay good looking forever.
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4:23PM on 11/14/2011
He seems like he's got a knack for picking good movies. Turning that into a full-time job as a producer makes sense, actually.
He seems like he's got a knack for picking good movies. Turning that into a full-time job as a producer makes sense, actually.
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4:01PM on 11/14/2011
Agreed, he should be able to do what he wants. Especially considering his 17 kids at home.
Agreed, he should be able to do what he wants. Especially considering his 17 kids at home.
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3:42PM on 11/14/2011

Sure it sucks

But the man DOES deserve it. I'm perfectly fine with letting him live the rest of his life with his family, helping the world with Angelina.

Which brings up the question of whether she will retire soon, too.
But the man DOES deserve it. I'm perfectly fine with letting him live the rest of his life with his family, helping the world with Angelina.

Which brings up the question of whether she will retire soon, too.
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3:26PM on 11/14/2011
Tidbit: epic.
Tidbit: epic.
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2:39PM on 11/14/2011
I dont see him retiring for good, but I do see him slowing down and going behind the scenes. I've always stated that Pitt is Robert Redford for the next generation (funny that Redford was his mentor in Spy Game). I think he'll take that very path, pop out an acting role every 2 or 3 years rather than 2 or 3 a year and mostly produce and maybe even direct.
I dont see him retiring for good, but I do see him slowing down and going behind the scenes. I've always stated that Pitt is Robert Redford for the next generation (funny that Redford was his mentor in Spy Game). I think he'll take that very path, pop out an acting role every 2 or 3 years rather than 2 or 3 a year and mostly produce and maybe even direct.
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2:30PM on 11/14/2011

Rock on.

Do a good job on World War Z, maybe knock out one or two more kooky character roles, and then leave on top.

respect.
Do a good job on World War Z, maybe knock out one or two more kooky character roles, and then leave on top.

respect.
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1:12PM on 11/14/2011
Youve got to understand, hes got 200 kids with his wife, and more are on the way (either the natural way or...overseas).
Youve got to understand, hes got 200 kids with his wife, and more are on the way (either the natural way or...overseas).
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1:11PM on 11/14/2011

Cryptic


Pitt's career is similar to Steve McQueen's, who died at 50.

It's easy to theorize about it and perhaps during a press tour or in between projects it might seem appealing, but I'm guessing a guy like him who clearly LOVES acting itself, if not the business, couldn't walk away entirely. Even if he did "retires" I think he'd be pulled back about 5+ times a decade, you know? I think his output would just shrink to Will Smith levels of less than 1 film per year, which would be fine.

I

Pitt's career is similar to Steve McQueen's, who died at 50.

It's easy to theorize about it and perhaps during a press tour or in between projects it might seem appealing, but I'm guessing a guy like him who clearly LOVES acting itself, if not the business, couldn't walk away entirely. Even if he did "retires" I think he'd be pulled back about 5+ times a decade, you know? I think his output would just shrink to Will Smith levels of less than 1 film per year, which would be fine.

I personally am looking forward to a graying, wrinkled Brad Pitt giving us performances into his 50's and beyond, especially given his similarities to Steve McQueen who we lost at 50 years old, oddly enough.
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12:43PM on 11/14/2011

He'll be 50?!?!

But why? He'll still be able to KICK, STRETCH and KICK! He's 50. 50 years old. But anyway, that sucks.
But why? He'll still be able to KICK, STRETCH and KICK! He's 50. 50 years old. But anyway, that sucks.
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12:29PM on 11/14/2011
I actually doubt he'd fully retire even if he does do fewer movies. Right now he is probably at the high-water-mark of his career. I wouldn't be surprised if he does something like pull a Robert Redford, where he starts focusing more on the production-side of things with the occasional acting gig. He's an actor who can survive for years to come if he decided to hang up his spurs. But I don't think he will indefinitely.
I actually doubt he'd fully retire even if he does do fewer movies. Right now he is probably at the high-water-mark of his career. I wouldn't be surprised if he does something like pull a Robert Redford, where he starts focusing more on the production-side of things with the occasional acting gig. He's an actor who can survive for years to come if he decided to hang up his spurs. But I don't think he will indefinitely.
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12:17PM on 11/14/2011

FYI...

he said this a few years ago, he has talked about doing this before and never came through, so I wont put a lot of stock into it until I see it. He is the brett favre of Hollywood retirements
he said this a few years ago, he has talked about doing this before and never came through, so I wont put a lot of stock into it until I see it. He is the brett favre of Hollywood retirements
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12:11PM on 11/14/2011

He's going to retire...

To a life filled with endless sex with Angelina. Sounds tempting too me.
To a life filled with endless sex with Angelina. Sounds tempting too me.
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12:25PM on 11/14/2011
Assuming that your theory is correct, if I were Pitt I would retire too :]
Assuming that your theory is correct, if I were Pitt I would retire too :]
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