Brad Pitt is one of the best and most in-demand actors working today. However, studios, directors, and producers may only have a chance to get him in the next three years. When asked by the Australian version of 60 Minutes how long he plans to keep acting, Pitt simply replied, “Three years.” In three years, Pitt will turn 50 and apparently he has decided that’s a good age to get out of the acting game. Instead, it looks like Pitt will turn his full attention to producing. Pitt has been working a producer through his “Plan B” production house and has such films as The Departed, Kick-Ass, and The Tree of Life to his credit.
Hit the jump for what Pitt had to say about producing, and why he might return to acting in his old age. Pitt will be seen in theaters next year in Cogan’s Trade and World War Z. He’s also attached to star in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave. [Update: Pitt clarified his statements on Tuesday (via THR) by saying, “I wasn’t putting an exact deadline on my expiration date (as an actor) but I just see it coming and I do have an interest in the producing side.”]
Speaking about the attraction of producing, Pitt told 60 Minutes [via StarPluse]:
“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 also told The Sunday Times‘ Culture magazine:
“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.”
Because of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, he’s at least played half of that role. We’ll need to wait to see him go grumpy if he stays true to this “vow”.
I put “vow” in quotations because sometimes quotes are taken out of context or misunderstood, and I have a tough time believing Pitt will quit acting in three years. First off, a lot can change in three years and maybe his desire to keep acting will cause him to forget about this self-imposed retirement date. Additionally, Pitt will undoubtedly continue to be offered a variety of terrific roles, and it would be perfectly understandable if he didn’t want to let those opportunities slip away.