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Kristin Scott Thomas to quit acting

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Some potentially unfortunate news is floating around the web today. Apparently, beloved actress Kristin Scott Thomas has grown fed up with the business and is quitting acting after nearly three decades in front of the camera. In an interview with the U.K. publication The Guardian, Scott Thomas talks about being bored with acting and says that she just can’t do it anymore. One obviously hopes that she reconsiders, but after a career that’s spanned over 60 films, she’s certainly entitled to feel burnt out.

In all likelihood, this will just be temporary, since in the last few years we’ve seen a lot of actors, actresses, and filmmakers say that they were retiring, only to just take a small break to try other things. One notable example of that is Kevin Smith, who notoriously announced his directing career was coming to a close, but in the past couple of months has backtracked and now has a number of new projects in various stages of development. Fingers will obviously be crossed that this is the same sort of case for Scott Thomas, though she seems pretty sincere.

If her claims of retirement hold true, she’ll have a ton of tremendous performances under her belt for cinema fans to appreciate for years to come. Last year even she gave a fantastically underrated performance in Nicolas Winding Refn’s divisive Only God Forgives. This week alone she has a supporting turn in the Oscar nominated (for Best Costume Design) period piece The Invisible Woman that one can appreciate.

Personally, I’m not one to presume that I can tell someone else what to do, so if Scott Thomas wants to quit acting, she should be supported in that endeavor. However, I hope that she does at least leave the door open a little bit ajar for a return. She talks about how the parts she’s getting are being offered to her mainly because she can help the production along, so maybe all it takes is an A-list director to call her up again? One hopes so, since it’d be a shame to lose a talent like this. Stay tuned to see how this one plays out…

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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