Comedian Ge You, who starred in three films in 2010 that grossed about 1.2 billion yuan ($185 million) - or more than one-tenth of the year's box office revenue - is taking a break in 2011.
The 54-year-old actor is not in either of the new efforts of Feng Xiaogang or Jiang Wen, directors of his last two films.
Ge claims he has not seen any appealing scripts so far.
Feng's new film is about a famine in 1942, while Jiang's is a sequel to Let the Bullets Fly.
Ge played a cinematographer in Feng's If You are the One 2 and a cheat in Jiang Wen's Bullets, in 2010. He also led the cast in Chen Kaige's 2010 costume drama, Sacrifice.