Actor Hairul Azreen made the shocking announcement that he’s quitting acting during his appearance with 3 Pagi Era on Monday (Aug 21).
The 35-year-old said that the upcoming film Malbatt: Misi Bakara would be his final acting project.
In an Instagram video of his appearance on the radio station, Hairul said that he doesn’t want to be greedy as he had experienced all there is in showbiz.
He added that he wants to conclude his career with a remarkable piece of work which is Malbatt, set to open at cinemas nationwide on Thursday (Aug 24).
"I, Hairul Azreen, want to announce that I will be quitting acting because I have portrayed all sorts of characters.
"God has granted me numerous opportunities, but I haven't been good at being grateful.
"Let my journey in the field of entertainment be a film that makes me proud, which is Malbatt Misi Bakara," he said.
Naturally the hosts of the radio show were taken aback with the announcement and questioned if Hairul was serious.
Hairul said that he wants to spend more time with his family, which is something he’s been unable to do as commitments to make films eat up all his time.
“Just to get ready for a role, I have to focus on my training at least for six months ... I'd work out six times a week... morning, afternoon, evening, night, and before I knew it, my children would be all grown up,” said the father of two.
"Some people don't get to see their children grow up or spend time with their parents. I don’t want that for myself.
“Thank God my mother is still around ...
"So, I feel that what I have now is sufficient and satisfying," he said adding that he would still be active on social media, where he has 5 million followers.
Hairul, who started out as a stuntman, went to become an action star, appearing in some of the biggest box office successes in Malaysia under the direction of Adrian Teh.
Among them were Paskal: The Movie, Wira and The Assistant. He also directed Ada Hantu and Ada Hantu 2.
Hairul still has one more film that's yet to be released, which is Syamsul Yusof’s The Original Gangster. However, the fate of Hairul’s role is unknown as he had to exit midway during filming as he suffered a serious knee injury while executing a stunt.