Oscars: Brad Pitt contemplating retirement? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Brad Pitt’s enjoying some of the strongest reviews of his long career for his multi-faceted turn in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball.” His producing shingle, Plan B, is filling its plate with coveted projects. And he has a very busy home life, raising multiple children with fellow A-list partner Angelina Jolie.

So should we take these retirement rumors seriously?

Speaking with Austarlia’s version of “60 Minutes,” Pitt tells Tara Brown (via The Playlist) that he’ll hang it up after three years.

“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,” Pitt elaborated.

Now, Pitt’s often able to get these projects made because he agrees to star in them, as well. And actors feel the need to contemplate retirement all of the time … until the next can’t-miss role is offered. But Pitt, strange as this may seem to say, does appear to be shifting into the later stage of his career. He recently did the length “walk down memory lane” career retrospective with Entertainment Weekly for a cover story. He has conquered all of the “worlds” an actor can, and unless he’s interested in directing (as his idol, Robert Redford, and his close friend George Clooney eventually did), he may keep his fingers in the storytelling pot through producing.

It isn’t newsworthy just yet. But it’s interesting that Pitt’s contemplating retirement … and feeling comfortable enough with his plan to put a timetable on it, and reveal it to an inquisitive journalist.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, 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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