Brad Pitt says he will quit acting in three years - when he turns 50.
The 47-year-old star made the revelation to Australian chat show, 60 Minutes.
He said he might move behind the camera when he steps out of the
limelight but his days as a leading man are numbered.
Three years left: Brad Pitt has announced that he plans to retire when he turns 50 (pictured today in Vietnam)
Tiger cage: Brad and his partner Angelina Jolie visited the Con Dao prison where people were held during the Vietnamese civil war
Asked how long he would continue to act, he told the show: 'Three years.'
When challenged as to what he would do afterwards, he joked: 'Hell if I know!'
But he then said: 'I've really enjoyed the producerial [sic] side and getting stories to the plate that may have had a harder time otherwise.'
The star also said happiness is overrated and being at peace was a more realistic aim.
Sight-seeing: The couple are in their son Pax's native country for the first time since adopting the boy in 2007
Roots: Angelina says she tries to instil individual pride in her children who were born in different countries around the world
He explained: 'I think happiness is overrated. Sometimes you're happy, sometimes you're not.
'There's too much pressure to be happy.
'I don't give a s**t. I know I will be happy sometimes and I won't be at times.
'Being at peace is more of a goal for myself.'
He also said he once found fame 'discombobulating'.
And he doesn't know if he and partner Angelina Jolie will add to their six children.
Landed: Brad and his brood arrived at Con Son Airport on Con Dao island on Friday
Comfortable journey: The Jolie-Pitts made their way from the plane with blankies and cuddly toys in tow
'I don't know that we're finished yet, I don't know yet,' he said.
Bradwas interviewed in Tokyo for the show. He was there promoting his new movie, Moneyball.
His announcement comes as Brad travelled with partner Angelina Jolie and their six children to Vietnam where their second eldest child Pax is from.
They left Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne at the hoteltoday to tour a site from the Vietnam War.
Home time: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and children leaving the Con Dao Island Airport in Vietnam yesterday, with Pax in the foreground
They went to Con Dao Island off the southeast coast of the country to see the tiger cages which were used to house prisoners during the time that Vietnam was separated.
They prison was finally closed down in 36 years ago after the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnamese civil war.
The Hollywood couple and their brood arrived at Con Dao Airport on Friday with Angelina saying that they 'owed [Pax] a visit.'
Big brood: Angelina, Brad and their assistants shepherd their children through the arrivals lounge
The Con Dao Islands are now a national tourism attraction and has plenty to keep the children occupied.
They shepherded Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne from the plane and through the arrivals lounge, while excited Pax ran on ahead clutching a giant purple teddy bear.
The trip marks Pax's first visit back to his native country since the Jolie-Pitts adopted him at the age of three.
'They are all learning about each other's cultures as well as being proud of their own,' she told the Financial Times.
Home sweet home: Pax holds on tightly to a teddy bear as Angelina and Brad get into the mini-van
'They all have their flags over their beds and their individual pride.'
And the stars of Mr and Mrs Smith took their son back to Ho Chi Minh City for a visit in a bid to make sure Pax stays in touch with his cultural heritage.
Later, Angelina and Brad sampled some of the Ho Chi Minh's culinary delights as they took Pax for a Vietnamese meal at a city restaurant.
They are reported to have eaten at a rustic restaurant famous for their traditional food.
Undercover: The Jolie-Pitts have kept tight lipped about their plans while in Vietnam
Buckle up: Brad fastens in his children before they begin their journey
The couple, who have three biological children and three adopted, have always said they want their brood to remain in touch with their home countries.
Maddox, seven, was adopted from an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Jolie runs the charitable Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation which supports orphans in the country.
Cultural treats: Angelina and Pax leave a restaurant after a Vietnamese dinner earlier today
Daughter Zahara, who was adopted from Ethiopia in 2005, has been back to visit her home country with her mother saying she planned to build an AIDS clinic in the country.
In 2008 Angelina said: 'We will be building a Tuberculosis/AIDS clinic in Ethiopia. The one we plan for Zahara to take over when she is older.'
Although the couple had remained tight-lipped on what they would do on their visit to Vietnam, it was thought that they may pay a visit to Pax's orphanage