And That’s a Wrap! Angelina Jolie Plans to Quit Acting

Nov 20, 2014 at 10:30 am |
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Angelina Jolie arrives at the world premiere of Unbroken at the State Theatre on November 17, 2014 in Sydney

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 17: Angelina Jolie arrives at the world premiere of Unbroken at the State Theatre on November 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
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Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie says she plans to give up acting after a “few more” films and switch her focus to directing.

Jolie walked the red carpet in Sydney with husband Brad Pitt this week at the premiere of her new movie, World War II epic Unbroken, which was filmed in Australia.

It was her second foray behind the camera after the critically-acclaimed 2011 In the Land of Blood and Honey and she said directing was where she saw her future.

“I’ll do a few more, but I’ll be happy to let that all go at some point,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald of acting, in comments published online Thursday.

“I love directing, I’m much happier directing,” added the 39-year-old.

“I like following a project all the way through. I like spending two years on something and learning about it… I like being pushed mentally to have to learn so much and be a part of every single aspect of a production.”

Jolie’s new movie is based on the true story of a US Olympic athlete turned Japanese prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini, who competed in the 5,000m at the 1936 Games in Berlin before becoming a bombardier in World War II.

When his plane crashed over the South Pacific, he spent 47 days adrift on a raft with a crewmate before being captured by Japanese soldiers in the Marshall Islands.

He was held in a prisoner of war camp for more than two years, enduring beatings and torture, before his return home.

Jack O'Connell, Angelina Jolie, Miyavi Ishihara and Matthew Baer pose at the photo call of Unbroken at Sydney Opera House

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Jack O’Connell, Angelina Jolie, Miyavi Ishihara and Matthew Baer pose at the photo call of Unbroken at Sydney Opera House on November 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
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Jolie, who has been acting since she was a child, said her preference for being behind the camera did not mean she thought any less of acting or actors.

“I love actors, I love watching actors work, and I like to shine a light on them. I actually prefer it when it’s not me,” she told the newspaper.

Since wrapping up Unbroken, Jolie has directed both herself and Pitt in the yet to be released By the Sea.

“To direct myself was hard, to direct him (Pitt) was a challenge and to be in the scenes with him doing very heavy, heavy drama was difficult,” she told The Australian.

“But it was also a great pleasure for us both to bust out of our comfort zones and just get back to being actors who work and fight through scenes and figure it out, and not be safe and not be sure and try and push.”

The last time they appeared on screen together was in Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005, during which they fell in love.

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Angelina Jolie is quitting being a leading lady…but that doesn’t mean she’s giving up on films for good.