George Clooney, a 50-something who has looked 40-something since he was 20-something, is considering ditching a career in front of the camera to pursue a career behind the camera due to his age. In a recent BBC interview promoting Hail, Caesar!, the quinquagenarian explained the motives behind his new focus on directing:
I think nobody really wants to see anybody really age. You know, it's a very unforgiving thing, the camera is, and so aging becomes something that you know, you try to do less and less onscreen. You try to pick the films that work best for you and as you age they become less and less.
Clooney also recognized the situation was "obviously a lot worse for women."
I enjoy it a lot. I've had really great success, and I've had some not-so-successful films, and that's also part of the experience. But what I'll say is it's really fun. As you age on screen you get to that point where you really understand that, you know, you can't stay in front of the camera your whole life. It's much more fun, and it's infinitely more creative, to be directing.
E! reports that Clooney is slated to direct both Suburbicon, written by frequent collaborators Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, and Hack Attack, an adaptation of the "U.K. phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's news empire."
Watch the full interview below: