Why Brad Pitt Won't Be Directing Anytime Soon

"I have no desire whatsoever," the 'By the Sea' actor told THR at the film's premiere when asked if he would ever take a seat in the director's chair with wife Angelina.
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A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

In Angelina Jolie Pitt's latest film, the struggling By the Sea, husband Brad Pitt plays her character's on screen one.  In the film, the duo star as a troubled married couple, one a struggling novelist the other a former dancer, who vacation in a French town where all of their issues with each other and themselves come to a head. 

Jolie Pitt's third helming effort hasn't inspired her other half to follow in her footsteps — since it's Nov. 13 release, the film has only grossed a paltry $477,819 domestically. At the By the Sea premiere, which moonlighted as the opening night of the AFI film festival, Pitt was asked if he has ever considered a turn in the director's chair. 

"No, not at all. I have no desire whatsoever," Pitt responded, instantly. 

The actor, of course, has found success as a producer — his Plan B Entertainment has been behind the productions of 12 Years a Slave, World War Z, Selma and this season's The Big Short. Says Pitt to THR, "I like my corner of the field."

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