Steven Soderbergh’s Retirement Confirmed By Matt Damon
Matt Damon has currently been filming the thriller Contagion with Steven Soderbergh in Chicago. Unfortunately, Damon has confirmed that Soderbergh plans to retire and said he is trying to enjoy the experience since he doubts it will be likely that he will have many more chances to work with him.
“He’s retiring, he’s been talking about it for years and it’s getting closer.”
“He wants to paint and he says he’s still young enough to have another career. He’s kind of exhausted with everything that interested him in terms of form. He’s not interested in telling stories. Cinema interested him in terms of form and that’s it. He says, ‘If I see another over-the-shoulder shot, I’m going to blow my brains out.’ “
“After this movie we’re doing ‘Liberace’ next summer with Michael Douglas, and then he might do one more movie after that with George [Clooney], and then after that he’s retiring.”
“After I worked with Clint [Eastwood] I went back and said, ‘Look, Clint is having a blast and he’s going to be 80 years old.’ And Steven says back, ‘Yeah, but he’s a storyteller and I’m not. If you’re an actor or a writer or someone working in film, it’s such a waste. For me, I’m going to spend the next 40 years trying to become a great director and I will never reach what he’s reached. And he’s walking away from it.”