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Famke Janssen On 'X-Men': 'I Don't Know How I Can Come Back Again'

First Posted: 11/07/11 05:50 PM ET Updated: 11/07/11 05:50 PM ET

Famke Janssen

"X-Men" fans hoping for a resurrection of Jean Grey will have to wait a long time.

Famke Janssen told The Huffington Post at the Savannah Film Festival that there is no hope for another "X-Men" flick in her future.

"I have died twice. I don't know how I can come back again," Janssen said.

Well, it's not that ridiculous. Jean Grey is the Phoenix, afterall.

In fact, it's likely that we'll be seeing less and less of the "X-Men" and "Nip/Tuck" star. She just made her directorial and writing debut with "Bringing Up Bobby," which screened at the Savannah Festival last week, and the 45-year-old says she is totally enamored with working behind the scenes.

"I'll be doing a lot more directing. I'm already planning the next project. The frustrating part about being an actor, sometimes, is waiting for other people to tell you what to do ... that they might have a job for you. ... The writing and directing process I feel like is much more satisfying," Janssen said at the Savannah College of Art and Design-sponsored festival. "I'm not good at sitting home waiting for the phone to ring. I get really antsy. This was a way to be creative, which is my favorite thing in the world."

Another reason Janssen says she likes writing her own stuff? The Hollywood roles a woman in her 40s is offered can be dismal.

"It is hard for a woman to say 'I am fully satisfied with my career as an actress,' because there are not a lot of great parts and there are a lot of us," Janssen said. "Some of the roles I'm offered, I feel like I could have done in my sleep."

Still, the Dutch actress isn't lacking work. She stars as the witch in the upcoming "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" opposite Jeremy Renner.

"I'm a very ugly witch. It was three hours of prosthetic makeup," Janssen said.

We'll also see her in a sequel to the Liam Neeson thriller, "Taken." The plot will be largely what you expect -- someone gets taken, Maggie Grace does a lot of running and Neeson, of course, saves the day.

"It involves the same cast and somebody definitely gets taken," Janssen said of the yet-to-be-named flick.

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