It’s impossible to deny that the past few years of Brad Pitt‘s career have been his best — and, arguably, some of the finest any actor has experienced this decade. Anyone who doubts such an assertion should remember that this is a man who, in only the past ten years, has worked under Quentin Tarantino, Terrence Malick, Joel and Ethan Coen, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh and, next year, will star for Steve McQueen; the fact that more people don’t admire his career choices completely baffles me.

Turns out this great run could be the last we see of him for a little while. ThePlaylist has noted that, in an interview with the Australian edition of 60 Minutes, Pitt responded to the question of “How much longer would you like to do your business for?” with the fairly clear answer of “Three years.”

When asked what would happen after then, he said this:

“Hell if I know. Hell if I know. I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. And getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise, so…You know, I have gotten away with a few things in writing and I have been pissed off about a few things. How’s that?”

Working as a producer, Pitt and his company, Plan B Entertainment, have helped put out The Departed, Jesse James, Kick-Ass, and The Tree of Life; next year, they’ll release the aforementioned Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave. (It should also be mentioned that he produced Moneyball outside of Plan B.) That’s an eclectic mix of films spanning several genres, and all they’re all films I happen to be a fan of to varying degrees. Basically, his track record as a producer could be a lot worse.

In all reality, however, he probably won’t actually retire; it might just be a hiatus that ends a few years after it commences, much like Soderbergh. The way I see it, Pitt is simply too big a star to forever leave the craft behind, and too many good offers will be coming in for him to completely turn down. I know I’ll miss his presence during this period — however long it might last — but if it means he can produce more Tree of Lifes and Departeds in the meantime, such a break might not be the worst thing in the world.

Do you think Pitt will retire in only a few years?

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