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Soderbergh: Filmmaking isn't fun

Steven Soderbergh has revealed that he has lost his enthusiasm for filmmaking.

The American filmmaker, who was behind movies like Traffic, Erin Brockovich and Ocean's Eleven, admitted his decision to cut down on making films came after becoming disillusioned with the process.

"It just stopped being fun. It really wasn't. That's a big deal to me," he told Esquire.

"It may sound like 'Why do you have to have fun to go to work?' I don't know. I like to be in a good mood. The ratio of bulls**t to the fun part of doing the work was really starting to get out of whack."

Steven, who made the Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra as a HBO TV film, is now focusing on the small screen with The Knick, starring Clive Owen. A TV version of his 2009 movie The Girlfriend Experience has also been ordered by US network Starz.

The 51-year-old said Matt Damon, who starred in Behind The Candelabra, made his decision a talking point.

"The fact that it became a story at all is because of Matt Damon," he recalled.

"He remembered verbatim a drunk conversation we had in Chicago and repeated it to USA Today. I'd talked about it before and nobody gave a s**t. It wasn't until Matt said that I had a plan to get out."

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