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There's no dreamier dream job than being a Hollywood star. So, there's that pesky paparazzi to deal with, and all those obnoxious bloggers (cough), but surely the beauty, fame and wealth more than make up for it.
So why do all these celebrities keep threatening to throw in the towel?
Clive Owen, who's recently arrived at the point in his fame where his face alone sells movie tickets, told a German TV station last week that he wants to leave Hollywood... for the theatre.
"I'm actually pretty sure that this would happen soon. I would imagine I'd have to stop the films in order to concentrate entirely on my stage career," said Owen.
Then he got philosophical: "I often have to pinch myself to make me realize what I achieved. But perhaps you should, on the peak of your career, think about the fact that it probably can't always go on like this and that there are other things that make you happy, too."
Hmm, sounds familiar... where have we heard this before? On second thought, where haven't we heard this before? Here are the celebrities who've announced their desire to quit acting, just in the past month:
Jennifer Connelly said that she wants to spend more time with her kids: "The biggest thing for me is wanting my kids to grow up safely and have happy lives. To me, that's enough."
Robert Downey Jr. said that he wants to spend more time relaxing: "I’d love just to sit here and say, ‘What movie’s playing tonight?’ I’d love to finish the new book about D-day I’m reading. I love painting, I love music."
Alec Baldwin said that he will be giving up movies after the upcoming It's Complicated: "I don't have any interest in acting any more. Movies are part of my past.... I'm not young, but I have time to do something else."
Earlier this year, Viggo Mortensen and Hugh Grant also announced their imminent retirement, while Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Pattinson both said they were contemplating it. Are they putting something in the water in L.A.? Do the dental benefits of Hollywood stardom suck? Or has it just become trendy to talk about fame like it's something you could give up on a whim?
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