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George Clooney's Long-Term Goal: Directing

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Apr. 2 2008, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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Be warned — you'll be seeing less and less of George Clooney over the next 10 years.

No, the debonair star isn't retiring from show business, but rather getting more behind it — behind the camera.

"Ten years from now, I imagine people will be fairly sick of seeing a lot of us who are on camera now," George says. "My hope is I'll be directing more. That is my goal."

He's gradually working his way toward making a name in directing. After earning rave reviews for his directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, George earned a Best Director Oscar nomination for 2005's McCarthyism flick Good Night, and Good Luck. His third directing effort, Leatherheads, in which he also stars, will hit theaters Friday.

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The football flick is a throwback to 1920s romantic comedies, a drastic change from his recent politically charged fare, including last year's legal thriller Michael Clayton, which brought him a Best Actor Oscar nod and Syriana, the oil drama that won him a Supporting Actor Oscar.

"I needed to do something completely different or I was going to become the 'issues director,"' George says. "That sort of ends your career really quickly when the issues change."

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Up next for the 46-year-old? Directing a Joel and Ethan Coen brothers' script, Suburbicon, described by the star to be an "interesting, really funny and very dark comedy."

"The truth is I'm infinitely more successful than I ever thought I would be," he said. "I really didn't think I was going to be in this position, so I get to push the envelope and do the things I want to do — and not what I have to do — for as long as they let me do it."

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