Brad Pitt won an Oscar in 2020 for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, is in charge of a major production company, and has the premiere of Sony’s “Bullet Train” ahead of him. However, the 58-year-old actor isn’t gearing up for some sort of late-career resurgence of his own. Quite the contrary. Speaking to GQ magazine, Pitt announced that his film career is coming to an end.
“I’m in my last stretch, maybe this is my last semester,” said Pitt, who will premiere “Babylon” at the end of the year, which focuses on industry figures who adapted to the transition from silent to sound films, just to qualify for the Oscars (alongside “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle and Margot Robbie).
Pitt has stated that he will continue to be linked to the industry as a product and perhaps at some point as a director, through his production company Plan B, which has the premieres of “Blonde” ahead, with Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe; and “Women Talking,” starring Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand, two Mennonite women who band together against their rapists. Feminist-style films, a sign of not only a technological change, but also a discursive one, that is going through Hollywood.
“When Pitt’s career comes to a real end, the industry will lose one of the last movie stars left on the big screen,” said Quentin Tarantino, who directed him in “Inglourious Basterds” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. “It’s a different breed. It has the brilliance of the stars from before. When I first saw it through the viewfinder of the camera I felt as if I was watching a movie if more. Just his presence created that impression, “he added Tarantino, another who also flirts with retirement after surviving cancellation due to his relationship with Harvey Weinstein (he was the producer of all his films until 2015).
“Most directors have horrible last movies. Usually their worst movies are their last. That’s the case with most Golden Age directors. And it ended up being the case with most directors.” from New Hollywood who made their last movies in the late ’80s and early ’90s. I want to retire before I’m obsolete,” the “Pulp Fiction” director remarked amid a wave of early retirements in Hollywood.
Some of these celebrities made up their minds after a batch of second-rate roles and movies. Others argued the need for a break for health reasons. Both cases apply to Bruce Willis, who announced his retirement a few months ago. The “Die Hard” star, one of the most prolific actors of the 90s, posted on Instagram that he had experienced health problems and was diagnosed with aphasia, which affects his cognitive abilities.
Meanwhile, Jim Carrey recently announced that he was done with Hollywood because he wanted to turn the page (there were also rumors of illness). “I really like my quiet life and putting paint on canvas. I love my spiritual life and I feel like, and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say, but I’ve got enough. I have done enough. I am enough”, marked the protagonist of “The Truman Show”.
But Carrey left a door open: “If Los Angeles brings some kind of script written in gold ink that tells me it’s going to be very important for people to see it, I would, but I’m taking a break,” concluded the ” The mask”. Cameron Diaz, his partner in that film and star of a dozen films during the 90s and 2000s, decided to leave her company in 2018: “I am not promoting any film and I do not have to give anything to anyone. I’m not going to do it anymore, I’m going to live my life.”
An indefinite break to which Sandra Bullock joins, who put her career on hold after the unsuccessful premiere of “The Lost City” this year. The actress revealed during her latest promotional tour that she wanted to dedicate herself “24/7 to my babies and my family,” referring to her sons, 11-year-old Louis, and her 8-year-old daughter, Laila.
But beyond family excuses, retirement in Hollywood includes actors and actresses who are not parents, such as Emma Watson, who has not filmed for years and only returned for the special for the 20 years of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” , where she played Hermione Granger.
Watson thus followed the path of other teenage stars like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the Disney twins who made a joint decision to leave Hollywood to enter the world of fashion (her sister Elizabeth Olsen is one of the stars of the Marvel Universe).
Asked about hijra, actor and director Kevin Costner pointed out: “some choose this profession because they want to be popular, and they leave it when they are no longer popular. But others chose to be relevant. I think that’s what we have to do. We can’t just dismiss our work because it’s less popular.”