Sep 6 2013, 4:18am CDT | by Bang Movies
Jason Bateman became an actor so he could transition into filmmaking.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: ''Quite simply, I said to my agent, 'Please don't wait for me to have an opening in my acting schedule to pursue the directing stuff. Understand that I'm only acting to create the kind of relevance or capital necessary to get a directing job'.
''It's really the only reason I've been acting for the last 20 years of this career. I told him, 'I'm not gonna know when that moment is. I don't have any objectivity. You're gonna need to let me know when the community is ready to support me as a director.' ''
He explained: ''It's certainly appropriate that I should look for a different job. Usually people, after 30 years, are either retiring or looking for a promotion or a career change of some sort.
''It's a job that I've had my eye on for a long, long time as someone who is a big fan of the process of creating fake worlds.
''Maybe if I'd been given this opportunity 20 years ago, I may have said, 'Oh, who wants to work that hard? Just let me learn my lines and show up on the set and hit my mark'. But my work ethic and my ambition are equal to my access right now, which is a really fortunate thing.''
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