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"I've never loved being in front of the camera": Angelina Jolie confirms she will be retiring from acting after her next film

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Angelina Jolie has officially decided to give up acting after her next film is released, to focus on her directing career. 

In an interview with DuJour magazine, the 39-year-old confirmed that her plan is "absolutely" to give up acting and become a full-time director. Having been known as an actress for many years, winning an Oscar for Girl,Interrupted and with well-known roles in actions films like Tomb Raider and Mr and Mrs Smith, Angelina's last role will be Cleopatra, which will be released in June next year.

She said, "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."

Angelina is currently promoting the second film she has directed, Unbroken, which will be released in December. It is the story of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic champion runner who became a prisoner of war during World War Two, starring Jack O'Connell in the lead role.

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Angelina with Jack O'Connell, who stars in her film Unbroken

Jolie met Zamperini just before his death last year, and says she feels honoured to be able to make a film about his life, but reveals that it was a learning curve for her as a director. "I still can’t believe I got to make this movie,” she said.

"When it comes to being a director, it’s so new for me and I’m quite shy about it because I’m still learning. I’ll feel better when audiences start to see it. I think we’re on the right track, but I’m not breathing easy just yet."

But she prefers the way a director can really get inside a story rather than just performing it: “Directing is very different from acting because it takes more than two years of your life, so it has to matter—really matter—in a different way.”

Angelina has also directed The Land of Blood and Honey in 2007 and has recently signed on to make a film starring her husband, Brad Pitt, By the Sea, and a biopic of of Kenyan politician and conservationist Richard Leakey, Africa.

Words: Victoria Gray, Images: Rex Features

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