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Angelina Jolie to quit acting for direction


Los Angeles, Nov 20 (PTI) After a successful acting career, Angelina Jolie says she has found her true calling as a director.

The Oscar-winning actress, who made her debut as a director with critically acclaimed war drama ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’, picked up another challenging project, the incredible life journey of World War II veteran Louis Zamperini that releases this Christmas, for her second film.

In an interview to DuJour, Jolie said she fought for the project which was gestating for almost half a century.

Jolie, 39, feels she is finally at home with directing.

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera. I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope I’m able to have a career at it because I’m much happier,” Jolie told the luxury magazine.

When asked whether she plans to give up acting entirely, Jolie said, “Absolutely.”

But before that happens, Jolie is multitasking as a writer, actor and director for period love story ‘By the Sea’, starring husband Brad Pitt. The movie is about a 1970s American couple and their complicated marriage during a trip to France.

“Compared to ‘Unbroken’, this film is a walk in the park. The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad. It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

It is first time that the two are working together after meeting on the set of 2005 film ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’.

“It’s a heavy film, and it’s not easy for us. But even as you struggle through it, you’re in the trenches together and you don’t expect it to be easy. We’re challenging each other and that’s a really good thing.”

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