May 23, 2017

Ryan Phillippe thinking about ending acting career

By Sean O’Connell Not many people get the opportunity to retire at 36 following 20 years in the business.

But when you start acting at 16, as “Crash” star Ryan Phillippe did, your twilight years begin at 40 and you start planning the next phase of your life.

For Phillippe, who currently can be seen in “The Lincoln Lawyer” and the upcoming “The Bang Bang Club,” that next stage probably won’t include acting, as he recently hinted at quitting the biz.

“I think I’m going to end my acting career,” he told the NY Post. “I’m so introverted. I’m ready to be behind the scenes. I’m 36, but I’ve been doing this for 20 years.”

Of course, actors “retire” all of the time, but can be lured back to the spotlight for the right role. Maybe by behind the scenes, Phillippe’s talking about producing or directing? Would he make for an interesting storyteller?

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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