Brad Pitt On Directing: 'Hell No'
Brad Pitt was on hand at Saturday night's Producer's Guild Awards, in part to support his partner Angelina Jolie, who was presented with the Stanley Kramer Award for her directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." Directing has been a successful new venture for Jolie, but don't expect Pitt to follow in her foot steps behind the camera.
"Hell no," Pitt responded when asked on the red carpet if he had any interest in directing his own film, quite firm in his stance. "Just not interested."
The answer sets him apart from his best friends in Hollywood. George Clooney has become a successful director with four films to his name, including this year's critical hit "The Ides of March," while Ben Affleck has helmed two films and is working on his third, "Argo." Matt Damon has written a number of films -- he earned an Oscar with Affleck for "Good Will Hunting" -- and was supposed to make his directorial debut on a film he co-wrote with John Krasinski; he has since pulled out due to schedule conflicts, giving the job to Gus Van Sant.
Still, Pitt is far more than just an actor. He recently became the 5000th member of the Producer's Guild, and it was well deserved. He produced "Moneyball," working for years to make it happen, and also pulled the strings on "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford." Through his producing shingle Plan B Entertainment, he's also producing the zombie film "World War Z" and "Cogan's Trade," both of which he stars in.
Pitt has also had his name on a number of hits in which he did not act. He earned a Golden Globe for co-producing "The Departed," though he was ruled ineligible for the Oscar that the film eventually won. His company has backed Jolie's "A Mighty Heart"; Johnny Depp's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; "The Time Traveler's Wife"; and "Eat Pray Love."
While he has walked back those pesky rumors of a retirement from acting at 50-years-old, clearly, Pitt will be in Hollywood for the long haul.