'George Clooney dies aged 54' the headlines could read for Clooney's acting career.
Because Cloondawg said something we can all agree is a bit silly: that nobody wants to see his handsome mug crinkling as age creeps up on him.
In a smily interview with the BBC, posted online on March 1, the Oscar-winning actor said:
It's a very unforgiving thing, the cameras, and so ageing becomes something that you try to do less and less on screen, you know? You try to pick the films that work best for you and as you age, they become less and less.
He recently starred in Coen Brothers comedy released on February 1 called Hail, Caesar! alongside Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Scarlet Johansson and Tilda Swinton.
It [acting] is my great love, and I do enjoy it a lot. As you age on screen, you get to that point where you really understand that you can't stay in front of the camera for your whole life. So it's much more fun to me, and it's infinitely more creative, to be directing.
His directing credits include The Monuments Men, The Ides of March, Leatherheads and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. If Clooney is being sincere, it's sad he feels this way.
While he may also want to pursue directing further, he shouldn't cancel out the possibility of acting because he may start losing his hair. The pressures of looking gorgeous are strong, but stronger is the appreciation of older actors like Maggie Smith (81) and Michael Gambon (75), who have matured with age like fine wines.
If all the actors quit who are over 50, we'd face an exodus in Hollywood: male goners would be Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Michael Keaton, Liam Neeson, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Bryan Cranston, etc...
Here's to hoping Clooney will appear in many more movies as good as O Brother, Where Art Though? and Ocean's Eleven in the future.