The 55-year-old actor says ‘it’s a younger man’s game’
With age comes wisdom, they say, but in Hollywood even award winning actors struggle as they get older. Brad Pitt, who is currently busy promoting Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, in which he stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, fronts the cover of Australian GQ as he opens up about why he is distancing himself from acting.
‘I’m behind the camera on the producing side and I enjoy that a lot,’ says the 55-year-old actor, who previously won an Academy Award for Best Picture for his work as a producer on 12 Years a Slave. ‘But I keep doing less and less.’
Pitt believes that one of the reasons he’s getting offered fewer acting roles is because ‘it’s a younger man’s game’. ‘Not that there aren’t substantial parts for older characters,’ he explains. ‘I just feel, the game itself, it’ll move on naturally. There will be a natural selection to it all.’
When talking about the future of film, the Thelma & Louise actor says he is curious to see what shape it takes. ‘I really appreciate the streaming services because we’re seeing more and more quality projects being made. We’re seeing more writers and directors and actors getting a shot. It just tells you how many talented people are out there.’
‘I like to think there’s room for both,’ he jokes. ‘But I could be a dinosaur and not even know it, man. And the comet could be on the way.’
Dinosaur or not, we sure hope to see Brad Pitt in many more movies. In the meantime, there’s always the option of rewatching some of his classics such as Legends of the Fall, Fight Club, and our personal favourite, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.