It’s been nearly three years since Steven Soderbergh retired from filmmaking with the release of Side Effects. Then news broke this week that he’s making a film called Logan Lucky starring Channing Tatum.

Even those years of retirement from filmmaking weren’t really a retirement: Soderbergh kept busy directing for the small screen, with HBO movie Behind the Candelabra and both season 1 and 2 of Clive Owen show The Knick.

But he contended that he was done with projects for the big screen, telling The Hollywood Reporter as recently as this past October, “I don't have an interest in making another theatrical film unless my attitude changes or the business changes.”

Well, his attitude must have changed, if we’re to believe reports of this new project with Tatum and Michael Shannon.

The Ocean’s Eleven and Traffic director is one of many entertainers to declare they’re retiring, only to come back to the fray some years (or even some mere days) later. Here are 15 actors and music artists whose retirements turned out to be not-so-permanent or not-so-real.

  • Alec Baldwin
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    In 2009, Baldwin told Men’s Journal, “Movies are a part of my past. It’s been 30 years. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else.” That same year, he told Playboy magazine that he would retire at the 30 Rock wrap party in 2012. About three years later, it looks like he either changed his mind or wasn’t serious about that one.
    - Emily Rome


  • Audrey Hepburn
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    The Breakfast at Tiffany’s star essentially retired from acting after 1967 thriller Wait Until Dark, deciding to leave Hollywood while she was on top and to focus on family life. Later, she devoted much of her time to humanitarian efforts with UNICEF. But she did emerge from retirement for a few film roles in the ’70s and ’80s, including her high-profile return to the screen opposite Sean Connery in Robin and Marian.
    - Emily Rome

  • Barbra Streisand
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    The icon of stage, screen, and song performed a series of concerts in 2000 for what was supposedly her farewell tour. “It feels like time to say goodbye to this part of my life” were her parting words to a sold-out Madison Square Garden. Then in 2006, she toured to raise money for her foundation.
    - Emily Rome

  • Brad Pitt
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    In 2011, it looked like one of Hollywood’s biggest stars would soon fade from the silver screen when Brad Pitt told Australia’s 60 Minutes that he planned to quit acting at age 50. Now 52 years old, he’s still making movies.
    - Emily Rome

  • Cher
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    In May 2002, Cher announced that the concert tour behind her latest album Living Proof would be her last, and even dubbed the endeavor (which was subsequently extended by, oh, 31 months) "The Farewell Tour." By the time 2008 rolled around the pop icon was touting a three-year residency at Las Vegas's Caesar's Palace (in fairness, not technically a tour), while in 2014 she hit the road for three months to promote her album Closer to the Truth.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • Garth Brooks
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    Country singer Garth Brooks announced in 2000 that he was retiring to focus on his family. He did just that, recording no new material and not performing, until 2005, when he came out of retirement to perform for several charity causes. Then from 2009 to 2012 he took a residency at the Wynn Las Vegas, and has performed several times since then. In 2014, he released his first studio album since 2001’s Scarecrow.
    - Emily Rome


  • Hayao Miyazaki
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    One of the most notorious of all faux-retirers is legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, who confirmed to the LA Times in 2014 that he had retired from making films -- purportedly the sixth (sixth!) time he had threatened to do so. And yet by the following year he had announced a new project -- the CGI short film Boro the Caterpillar. Whoops!
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • Jay Z
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    Even Jay Z had to admit his so-called retirement (as a recording artist) was one of the " history" when he re-emerged with the 2006 album Kingdom Come -- just three years after he announced he'd made his final album and two years after he previously backpedaled on the statement by releasing two collaborative LPs: Unfinished Business with R. Kelly and Collision Course with Linkin Park.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • Joaquin Phoenix
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    One of the most notorious fake retirements of all time was that of Joaquin Phoenix, whose claim that he was quitting acting to begin a career as a hip-hop artist turned out to be a prolonged prank chronicled for the 2010 mockumentary I'm Still Here. Nobody was laughing.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • Justin Bieber
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    On Christmas Eve in 2013, Bieber told his 40 million-plus followers, “My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring.” Turned out he wasn’t seriously leaving the music biz at age 20. The next day he gave his fans a Christmas present in another tweet assuring them, “I’M HERE FOREVER.”
    - Emily Rome

  • Katt Williams
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    During a controversial stay in Seattle marked by his arrest and getting kicked out of a hotel, Comedian Katt Williams announced to a Seattle news station that he’s retiring. Three days later, he came out of retirement when his rep told TMZ that he is “definitely NOT retiring” and was just feeling “very unappreciated” when he made his announcement in Seattle.
    - Emily Rome

  • Lily Allen
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    Allen announced she would retire from singing to pursue a fashion career in 2010, only to hit the studio again in 2012 with producer Greg Kustin. Those sessions resulted in the 2013 album Sheezus.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • Stephen King
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    In January 2002, King told the Los Angeles Times said he would retire from writing books at the end of the year because he wanted to quit while he was "still on the top of my game." "Then that's it. I'm done," he continued. "Done writing books." In the same interview he forgot to mention he would subsequently churn out 14 more novels, three short story collections and a non-fiction book co-written with Stewart O'Nan. So much for taking it easy.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • The Who
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    The English rock band announced in 1982 that their tour to promote It’s Hard would be their last. It was the last tour with drummer Kenney Jones, but the rest of the band toured again in 1989 for the group’s 25 anniversary and in 1996.
    - Emily Rome