Amanda Bynes: Is her retirement real?
Amanda Bynes is retiring. That's right, she's cashing in her 401(k) and getting ready to move to a lovely planned community in Palm Springs, where she'll spend the rest of her days collecting Social Security payments, getting daily pedicures and playing mahjong with other former cast members of Nickelodeon shows.
Actually, the actress -- who is only 24, and will probably never see a Social Security payment in her life since the whole system will be defunct by the time she really hits retirement age -- is merely retiring from acting. She made the announcement over the weekend on Twitter, via a series of several appropriately succinct Tweets.
If I don't love something anymore I stop doing it
7:47 AM Jun 19th via web
I don't love acting anymore so I've stopped doing it
7:48 AM Jun 19th via web
I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I've #retired
7:50 AM Jun 19th via web
This is where we are, ladies and gentlemen. Our resignation letters now require hash tags.
Bynes hasn't had the highest profile of late. After her starring role on Nickelodeon's "The Amanda Show," she broke into movies and found success in films like "Sydney White" and "Hairspray," as well as subsequent TV fare, like the sitcom "What I Like About You." Her allegedly last film, The "Scarlet Letter"-inspired "Easy A," comes out in September.
Understandably, some are reacting with skepticism and a bit of snark to this news. ("Is Amanda Bynes retiring from acting so she can spend more time doing Maxim cover shoots? Because, I'd be ok with that," noted DorkusMaximum1 in a comment on Celebritology earlier this morning.) Bynes is only 24. Can she really be set on retiring, or is this a publicity stunt?
To put some perspective on this, let's look at some other actors who recently suggested (at least allegedly) that they might hang up their Hollywood shoes and see how many actually followed through on that promise.
Viggo Mortensen: While doing the promotional rounds for "The Road" last year, news broke that Viggo Mortensen might retire from acting. When I asked him about that at the Toronto Film Festival, he said his comments had been blown out of proportion and that he didn't necessarily plan to leave the business.
Outcome: Mortensen is very much still acting; he's currently shooting "A Dangerous Method," a film that casts him as Sigmund Freud and reteams him with frequent collaborator David Cronenberg.
Joaquin Phoenix: In a move that goes down in the Hall of Fame of Hollywood Weirdness, Joaquin Phoenix mumbled his plans to retire from acting during a 2008 E! interview, then began to pursue a career in rap and behaving bizarrely on "The Late Show With David Letterman." Casey Affleck has made a documentary about Phoenix's alleged professional left turn, which still seems like some sort of Andy Kaufman-esque experiment.
Outcome: Phoenix still hasn't taken on any new movie projects. But we're withholding true-or-false judgments until we see that documentary.
Robert Pattinson: It's hard out here for a vamp. That's why Robert Pattinson implied last year that, perhaps, he might retire from acting in 2010, a decision clearly brought on by a rare condition known as Edward Cullen Fatigue.
Outcome: The guy hasn't retired at all. He's currently shooting "Water for Elephants," which could be a breakthrough serious role for him. And he's got two more "Twilights" to go, with "Breaking Dawn" slated to be shot as two separate films. He does, however, still appear to be suffering from a mild form of ECF.
Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock announced officially in April that he is retiring from acting after 60 years in the business.
Outcome: After 60 years (and at age 79), Nimoy more than deserves to take it easy. It appears he's definitely done, even if that does distress a good many fans of "Star Trek," as well as "Fringe."
With this data now collected, do you think Bynes is serious or just blowing Twitter smoke? Weigh in with a comment.
| June 21, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Movies | Tags: Celebrities, Celebrity tweets
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