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Spielberg: I've no plans to retire

Published 10/01/2012 | 08:33

Steven Spielberg has no plans to retire
Steven Spielberg has no plans to retire

Steven Spielberg has revealed that he has no plans to retire from filmmaking.

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The Oscar-winning director even admitted that he has a bit of rivalry with fellow filmmaker Clint Eastwood about quitting.

"I have no plans to quit," he insisted.

"Clint Eastwood is one of my best friends - I've known him for 40 years - and we have a great, almost jokey relationship about retirement. Clint's like 81 now, and I always say, 'OK friend, are you ready to retire this year?' He says, 'No, are you?' And I say, 'No'."

The 65-year-old added: "I'm waiting for the phonecall when Clint says he's hanging up his spurs. That's never going to happen. If it doesn't happen for Clint, it won't happen for me."

Steven, whose new epic War Horse opens in cinemas on January 13, also admitted how 1975 shark horror Jaws paved his way into Hollywood.

"The turning point in my career is Jaws. I was a director for hire before Jaws, and after Jaws became a big hit, I could do any movie I wanted," he recalled.

"Hollywood just wrote me a cheque. I wanted to make this movie about flying saucers but people thought I was crazy and wouldn't give me the time of day. But when the second Jaws was a hit, everyone said, 'What about that flying saucers movie?'."

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