Has Madonna Given Up Acting For Good?

‘W.E.’ director tells MTV News she prefers directing because ‘If I’m the actor, I’m just … I’m a pawn.’
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Madonna directing “W.E.”
Photo: The Weinstein Co. Madonna has given the whole thespian thing a try several times over. So, the idea of hitting the big screen again in front of the camera doesn’t really appeal much to the “W.E.” writer and director. “No [I don’t want to act], but I do [act] every day of my life,” she told MTV News, before waxing a bit more philosophical about her future ambitions for a career on the big screen. “I like directing better,” she further explained. “If I write it and direct it, then it’s my voice. If I’m the actor, I’m just … I’m a pawn.” As Madonna embarks on yet another chapter in her always-evolving career, she explains that she hopes that people will be able to love her for every project she’s attached herself to in her decades-spanning career. “I’d rather not divide things up into categories, but I prefer the idea that people would say that I contributed to the culture, the zeitgeist from a female perspective as a musician, as a songwriter, as a filmmaker, in my political point of views of the issues that I’ve stood by and fought for,” she said. “I hope that I consider all of these things to be a part of my body of work and I’d rather not go, ‘Oh, she’ll be remembered as a great filmmaker, a great songwriter.’ ” “W.E.” opens Friday and follows two parallel love stories. It focuses on the vintage, tabloid romance between American divorcée Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII in the 1930s and the modern-day woman, Wally (played by Abbie Cornish), who becomes obsessed with their headline-making affair. This Friday she also releases her first MDNA single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” as well as its video. She’s set to take the stage for the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A, who also appear on the track. Should Madonna return to the big screen in an acting role? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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