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Director Soderbergh to retire?

Matt Damon has claimed director Steven Soderbergh is nearing retirement - at the age of just 47.

Matt, who has been working with the Erin Brockovich director on new movie Contagion, said Steven has grown "exhausted" with the aspects of filmmaking he once loved.

"He's retiring, he's been talking about it for years and it's getting closer," Matt told the LA Times.

"He wants to paint and he says he's still young enough to have another career," the Invictus actor added.

"He's kind of exhausted with everything that interested him in terms of form. He's not interested in telling stories.

"Cinema interested him in terms of form and that's it. He says, 'If I see another over-the-shoulder shot, I'm going to blow my brains out'."

Steven, whose credits also include Ocean's Eleven and The Informant, told Esquire two years ago that he would like to retire by the age of 51, which would mark his 25th year as a filmmaker.

Matt said of the Oscar-winning director: "For me, I'm going to spend the next 40 years trying to become a great director and I will never reach what he's reached. And he's walking away from it."

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