Is he being coy, or is Brad Pitt really preparing to give up acting?
The Moneyball star, 47, tells the Australian version of 60 Minutes that he’s got three years left in him before he retires from the big screen.
“I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together,” he explains. “And getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise.”
It’s quite possible Pitt is joking about quitting acting – he gets mildly exasperated with many of the questions throughout the interview. But he seems genuinely committed to taking only the best acting roles he can find in whatever time he has left – so his children can one day be proud of him.
“If I’m choosing a film now, I want it to be maybe less immature than things I have done in the past,” he says. “I’m very conscious, when they’re adults I want it to mean something to them. I want them to think, ‘Dad’s alright.’ ”
Speaking of children, Pitt adds that he and Angelina Jolie are still undecided on whether to expand their already sizable brood. “I don’t know that we’re finished,” he says. “I don’t know yet. I don’t know.”
Asked if he’s generally happy these days, Pitt takes issue with the question.
“I think happiness is overrated, truthfully. I do,” he says. “I think sometimes you’re happy, sometimes you’re not. There’s too much pressure to be happy. I don’t know. I don’t really give a s–t. I know I will be at times and I know I won’t be at times. Satisfied, at peace, those would be more goals for myself.”
By Tim Nudd