George Clooney Explains Why He Isn’t Acting Much Anymore

George Clooney isn’t currently attached to star in any upcoming movies, and in a new interview with ABC News, he explained why he is taking a break from acting.

While speaking about a variety of topics including fatherhood and President Trump, Clooney said that the main reason he isn’t acting much right now is because it doesn’t particularly interest him and because he hasn’t read a really amazing script in a while.

“I’m in an interesting place in my life,” Clooney said. “I’m acting almost never — for a lot of reasons, mostly because I don’t have any great interest in it and haven’t read anything [good enough].”

George Clooney at the Men Who Stare At Goats premiere

George Clooney at the Men Who Stare At Goats premiere. | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Clooney went on to say that if someone approached him right now with the script of a lifetime, he would jump on it, and so it’s not as if he’s completely left acting behind. But it’s just that he hasn’t read anything recently that is so good it makes him want to get back on screen again.

“..'[I]t’s not all that often you get Michael Clayton kind of scripts,” Clooney said. “And if you’re not going to get those, there’s no real point at this point in my career.”

Instead, Clooney has been focusing on directing lately, and he has a new movie coming out this October called Suburbicon. Starring Matt Damon, the film takes place in a peaceful suburban town in the 1950s that has a dark, violent underbelly. Clooney has a writing credit on the film, as do Joel and Ethan Coen. Clooney has previously directed The Monuments MenThe Ides of MarchLeatherheads, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. But Suburbicon will be the first movie that Clooney directs that he does not also act in.

George Clooney. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The last film that George Clooney acted in was Money Monster, released in May 2016 to mixed reviews from critics. He is not currently attached to star in any upcoming movies, meaning his break from acting will likely wind up lasting at least two years. Until his on-screen return, he will continue to serve as director and producer, and next summer, the Ocean’s Eleven spinoff he produced, Ocean’s Eight, will hit theaters.