Brad Pitt Considers Retirement, Says He's On The "Last Leg" Of His Film Career
In the August issue of GQ, Brad Pitt said his film career has entered its "last semester".
Is Brad Pitt retiring soon?
It sure sounds like it, judging from his interview in the August issue of GQ.
In the interview, Pitt, 58, said his movie career is approaching a new phase. “I consider myself on my last leg,” the Oscar-winning actor said cryptically, “this last semester or trimester. What is this section gonna be? And how do I wanna design that?”
“Last leg”? That can mean many things. Is Pitt throwing in the towel as an actor to focus on behind-the-camera work as a producer? Or is he done with showbiz entirely?
Maybe Pitt is taking a leaf out of Quentin Tarantino’s playbook: exit showbiz on his own terms and while he’s on top. Pitt’s Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood director has said many times that he intends to retire after making 10 movies — and his next film happens to be his 10th.
Tarantino, who’s also interviewed by GQ, likened Pitt’s star quality to that of Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Steve McQueen, and should he retire, the industry will lose “one of the last remaining big-screen movie stars”. Pitt is a “different breed of man,” said QT. “And frankly, I don’t think you can describe exactly what that is because it’s like describing star-shine. I noticed it when we were doing Inglourious Basterds. When Brad was in the shot, I didn’t feel like I was looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I felt like I was watching a movie. Just his presence in the four walls of the frame created that impression.”
In the GQ story, Pitt also talked about how he managed to quit smoking amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He. initially tried to limit the number of cigarettes daily, but decided to kick the habit altogether. He said, “I don’t have that ability to do just one or two a day. It’s not in my makeup. I’m all in. And I’m going to drive into the ground. I’ve lost my privileges.
He also discussed getting sober following his split from Angelina Jolie in 2016 and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. “I had a really cool’s men’s group here that was really private and selective, so it was safe,” he said. “Because I’d seen things of other people who had been recorded while they were spilling their guts, and that’s just atrocious to me.”
Until Pitt makes his retirement official, there’s plenty to look forward to from him in the coming months. In August, there’s Bullet Train, the thriller from Deadpool 2 director (and Pitt's former stunt double) David Leitch, where he battles assassins onboard a, er, bullet train. Later in December, he’s in Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s directorial follow-up to La La Land about silent film-era actors coping with the arrival of the talkies.
On the producing front, Pitt’s Plan B is behind the Ana de Armas-led Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, which arrives on Netflix on Sept 23, and Sarah Polley’s Women Talking, a drama about a group of Mennonite women who unite their rapists. “It’s as profound a film as anything made this decade,” said Pitt about the film, which stars Rooney Mara, Frances McDormand, and Clair Foy.
Bullet Train opens in Singapore cinemas August 4.
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