Brad Pitt on his acting career: ‘One day I’ll just wake up & organically it’ll be done’

Brad Pitt 07/22/2019 The Los Angeles Premiere of "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by I. Hasegawa / HNW / PictureLux

Brad Pitt recently covered GQ Australia, and for the most part, the interview was kind of basic and superficial. The biggest headline from the cover story was Brad saying words about how he wasn’t really acting that much anymore and that was fine with him. He said, in part: “I’m behind the camera on the producing side and I enjoy that a lot. But I keep doing less and less. I really believe that overall it’s a younger man’s game – not that there aren’t substantial parts for older characters – I just feel, the game itself, it’ll move on naturally. There will be a natural selection to it all.” It was no big announcement or anything, it felt more like an observation from Brad that there weren’t the same kinds of roles for him, as a 50-something man, that there would have been for a similarly-aged movie star 20 or 30 years ago. As it turns out, Brad has really been in the midst of some existential crisis or something:

Brad Pitt might potentially retire from acting one day. Maybe. The actor spoke to PEOPLE at the Los Angeles premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where he weighed in on whether he had ever considered retiring given director Quentin Tarantino’s vocal stance on it. The Oscar-winning writer and director has often said he’s retiring after 10 films, meaning he has one more left after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

“No, I don’t know. I don’t know. I enjoy doing other things,” Pitt, 55, says of whether he’s thought about leaving his acting career behind. “I think that one day I’ll just wake up and organically it’ll be done. Maybe I won’t wake up and that’s why it’ll be done.”

[From People]

I’m not going to criticize Brad for this, honestly. He’s not making some big “I’m quitting!” pronouncement. He’s basically leaving the door open for anything, and I think if he was still getting great scripts with great, meaty roles, he would be happy to work more in front of the camera. But those scripts have dried up, and it’s not like he’s alone there – so many actors find that the scripts dry up in their 40s and 50s. George Clooney made similar observations several years ago, when he talked about how he was gradually stepping away from acting too. Brad’s arguably in a better position than most of his contemporaries because he’s already established himself as one of Hollywood’s greatest art-house/indie producers, and one thing he doesn’t get enough credit for is that he doesn’t insert himself in front of the camera in every film he produces.

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Premiere

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  1. B n A fan says:

    Brad been saying the same thing for about 10 years now that he quit actin soon. I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m thinking the money is too good to quit .

  2. Monicack says:

    God. I liked him so much better when he knew that we knew he was dumb.

  3. Megan says:

    He’s been saying acting is a young man’s game for years. He threatens retirement so the industry will beg him to keep working.

  4. Nicegirl says:

    🤢ok. Not gonna cry years of tears when he organically chooses to stop acting.

  5. Lowrider says:

    Pandering for that Oscar…

  6. Becks1 says:

    I do feel like he is acting less and less as the years go by, which makes sense. He was never known as the world’s greatest actor (he’s not Leo, after all), and so much of his appeal was based on his looks and his overall attitude, so it does seem that eventually he would get fewer of those roles. I feel like I’m wording that in a weird way.

    Confession: I feel like I’ve made fun of OUATIH for the past 6 months bc omg what an extensive and exhaustive PR campaign this has been!!! but my kids are at my parents so my husband and I are going to see it tonight. we were going to go at 8 but then realized its 2 and a half hours long, so we’re going at 6, LOL.

  7. smcollins says:

    I’ve been watching his films since Thelma & Louise and I’ll continue to watch them for however long he makes them.

    • Jellybean says:

      I have never been a big fan, but I always enjoy watching him and he generally makes interesting choices. He seems to be an exceptional producer and I doubt he will ever need to make another dollar, so I am hoping that when he does decide to do a bit of acting it will be in great projects.

    • Lauren II says:

      Brad was fantastic in The Big Short. Not disparaging Brad. He is not perfect, but I always enjoy watching him on the big screen. I think Brad has at least another 10 years in Hollywood, and I will never forget him in Legends of the Fall. Swoon. Talented man.

  8. Dalia says:

    It’s going to take me a while to fully process my thoughts on Once Upon a time in Hollywood but initially I want to say it’s in my top 3 Tarantino movies. Phenomenal performances all around with Brad Pitt really stealing the show.

    • hnmmom says:

      Oh man, really? I just saw it last night and thought it was awful. But I’ve not been a big QT fan and am not his target audience. But I was sooooo bored. It felt totally indulgent on QT’s part, like he just wanted to show off how creative he thinks he is, etc. I do agree the acting was great on everyone’s part and it was nice to see Luke Perry.

    • Jellybean says:

      Interesting! There are 2 or 3 QT movies that I really rate, so I will take that as a recommendation.

    • YIll says:

      And oh, what a wonderful wonderful movie. QT hit it out of the park with this one. One of those movies that grow on you. Great stuff!

    • Becks1 says:

      I LOVED IT. I’m hit or miss on Tarantino (loved Django, couldn’t finish Hateful 8) so wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a little slow and def dragged in parts, but once it was over I was like, huh, I get it now. I get what he was doing with it.

      we should have a spoilers post to discuss it lol.

  9. Michael says:

    I can see this happening to lots of other older male actors. When was the last Denzel movie? Or Tom Hanks, George Clooney. Unless you are doing comic book movies or franchises the roles are slim.

    • LadyT says:

      As you say, the focus of Hollywood resources is super heroes and franchises. I can’t wait for the trend to die.

    • Jerusha says:

      Tom Hanks has starred in six movies since 2016, with seven more on deck. For Denzel, it’s four and two. They’re still working, but not everything’s a blockbuster.
      For Keanu, a couple of years younger than Brad, it’s twelve movies since 2016 with two more announced.

  10. minx says:

    I loathe Brad but I have to say he looks good here. Just right for his age, not that smooth creepy look he had for awhile.

  11. SJR says:

    Is this anything new? Movie stars/actors are replaceable. Hollywood is always looking for the next big thing.
    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, John Wayne were all still working after 50.
    No tears from me for Brad, he has had a good ride and could easily afford to retire.

    Going to the movies is a rare thing for me these days. I will wait for the dvd to come out for almost every new release. So tired of the comic book/action blockbusters. And the endless remakes, OMG, get some new ideas ffs.

    Make a comedy for adults that actually delivers some laughs without toilet jokes and you will get my money, otherwise, Nope.

  12. Lady D says:

    Another commenter said Brad should join Scientology. It would help him find meaning in his life.