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Saturday 20 September 2014

Jason Bateman dreamed of directing

Jason Bateman is making his directorial debut with Bad Words

Jason Bateman has revealed that his goal has always been to direct movies.

The Arrested Development star is at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his directorial debt Bad Words, and revealed that being at the helm of a movie was a dream he had harboured for some time.

"I want to be able not to act," said Jason. "My ambition is true."

Bad Words, a comedy about a man who enters a national spelling bee, has now been picked up for distribution by Focus Features, with Universal Pictures distributing internationally.

"It was exactly what I would have scripted," said the star. "It was pretty surreal to see such a long dream come true."

Jason said he has wanted to direct since he was first exposed to Hollywood by his directing and producing father, Kent Bateman.

"I never wanted to be obnoxious about jamming myself into the director chair any more than the community would truly embrace me," he said.

Jason said he and his team are "reading furiously", pursuing his next script. He hopes to be in pre-production by February on his next directing effort. "I want to do this a lot more," he added.

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