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SEOUL — Brad Pitt recently surprised fans by saying he would quit acting when he turns 50, but the 47-year-old told reporters Tuesday that plans were indefinite.
“I wasn’t putting an exact deadline on my expiration date (as an actor) but I just see it coming and I do have an interest in the producing side,” the actor said during the Korean stopover for the promotional tour of Moneyball.
“I’m interested in a mixed bunch about complex stories that might have difficulty getting made in the current system or getting behind the talent they might be needing,” Pitt said.
He also emphasized the importance of international outreach and involvement in film projects.
“It’s quite evident it’s a global community and I’m much more interested in erasing those lines that are divisive and open those doors that are inclusive and finding those areas where we relate and learn from each other,” he said about Korea’s Lotte Cinema investing in World War Z, an upcoming feature he is starring and producing.
“World War Z is a big zombie movie. It is based on a book by Max Brooks and it is a global story and it’s a perfect film for global contributions, so I guess I’m quite happy about that, why not.”
In the meantime, Pitt said he appreciates the grace of aging and wants to focus on “quieter” victories like his Moneyball character that tries to put together a winning baseball team on a tight budget.
“I personally like aging. With aging comes wisdom, and I’ll take wisdom over youth any day. I think certainly being a father has changed everything for me, as far as perspective, taking care of myself and wanting to be around for (the children),” he said. “There seems to be too much emphasis on making a headline or a trophy…I’m much more keen to and interested in (personal victories and wins).”
Pitt added, “Popularity will be good for an opening weekend,” but he wishes to make films that can resonate 10 or 20 years down the road that speaks across generations and is “more than just a subject-driven or celebrity-driven.”
Moneyball opens in Korean theaters on Thursday via Sony Pictures Release Buena Vista Korea.