Matt Damon fears pal Steven Soderbergh is deadly serious about his plans to quit moviemaking and devote his life to becoming an artist - even he can't talk him out of his career switch.
The actor is worried the upcoming Liberace biopic, in which he'll play the pianist's gay lover, will be the last time he'll get the chance to work with the director.
Damon, Soderbergh and Michael Douglas plan to make a start on the film next year (12) after a series of hold-ups - and it could be the moviemaker's swansong.
Damon tells The Orlando Sentinel, "It’s his life to do with what he wants.
"I’ve talked at length with Steven about it. He is going away for a while, I think. He genuinely wants to paint. And he feels if he really dedicates himself he can be really good. He’s not yet 50. He will put in the hours. He has a work ethic like nobody I’ve ever seen. He feels if he puts a hard decade of work in, he could really be doing something.
"But I see it as a waste of this incredible depth of knowledge of filmmaking. But his thing is form. He says, 'I’m only interested in what I can do with form. I’ve made almost every movie I want to. And if I see another over-the-shoulder shot, I’m going to kill myself.'
"I said to him, right after I did Invictus, 'Steven, I just finished a movie with a guy in his 70s (Clint Eastwood) who still charges out of bed every morning because he can’t wait to get to the set. He has a blast and is really loving it and he’s been doing it a lot longer than either of us.’
"And without a blink, Steven says, 'But Clint’s a storyteller. A great storyteller. I’m not interested in stories. I’m interested in form.'"