Brad Pitt: I'm Quitting Acting in Three Years

The 47-year-old actor says he wants to stop starring in movies by age 50 so that his kids can get to know a more normal life

The camera loves Brad Pitt, but Brad Pitt is slightly less fond of being in front of the camera. The 47-year-old actor is poised to snag his third career Oscar nomination for his turn in Moneyball, but he says that nowadays he's enjoying his producing gigs more than acting. In fact, in a new interview, the Ocean's Eleven star admits that he plans on retiring from acting by age 50!

"Three years," he tells the Australian iteration of 60 Minutes, when asked how much longer he plans to act. "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."

Pitt began producing films with the 2006's God Grew Tired of Us. Since then, he's had a hand in the production of films including The Departed, Kick-Ass, Eat, Pray, Love and the Angelina Jolie-starring A Mighty Heart. He'll be both in front of and behind the camera for his latest movie, the apocalyptic zombie thriller World War Z, but it sounds like Pitt is a bit happier in his production role than his leading man one.

What it really might all come down to, though, are his kids. Pitt and Jolie have been splitting their time filming movies so that one of them is always at home watching their brood of six children while the other one was working. But now that their children are getting older, Pitt seems a bit more concerned about how their parents' life in the spotlight is affecting the kids as they grow up.

"Their idea is that when they go out beyond the gate -- because we have to live behind a gate -- there's people standing there in line with cameras that try and take your picture. Their idea is everyone has to deal with that," he says. "Because that's the world as they know it. And our older ones are getting a little more savvy."

Pitt says he's very protective about the way his children are treated in the media.

"It's the only thing I get hot about, I'm ready to fight about," he admits. "But on the other hand you know, it’s a trade-off, like anything. There's a great trade-off. And we, these guys, I'm so happy for them, because they get to see the world. And their lives are so enriched by it. The privacy issues are something we're always battling. But you know, it is true that a couple of ours do not like it. You know, they don't like it and I'm sure that will color them in some interesting way."

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