George Clooney Not “Quitting Acting,” Despite Reports
George Clooney did not announce plans to “quit acting,” despite his recent comments being misconstrued and sensationalized in various reports. Gossip Cop can exclusively clear up the confusion. We’re told the actor is “not retiring.”
“George Clooney says it is time to quit acting,” reads the headline of BBC’s interview with the actor about his new movie Hail, Caesar! Only, it’s not exactly what he said. “I think nobody really wants to see anybody really age,” the 54-year-old actor admitted. “It’s a very unforgiving thing, the camera is, and so aging becomes something that you try to do less and less onscreen.”
Clooney went on to acknowledge that he tries to “pick the films that work best for [me] and, as you age, they become less and less.” Less acting, however, is not no acting. Clooney is also an accomplished director who’s been behind the camera for such films as The Monuments Men and The Ides of March. He’s gearing up to direct the crime mystery Suburbicon, which will star Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. “It is my great love and I do enjoy it a lot,” Clooney says of directing in the BBC interview.
But Clooney’s next project is, in fact, a starring role in the Jodie Foster-directed thriller Money Monster. The actor also says, “As you age onscreen, you get to that point where you realize you can’t stay in front of the camera for your whole life.” But despite some reports to the contrary, Clooney wasn’t speaking in the present tense, and he’s not at “that point” just yet. A rep for the actor exclusively tells Gossip Cop that Clooney is “not retiring,” but “just focusing on other things” at the moment.