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Stiller: I'd love to just direct

Ben Stiller has revealed he would give up acting full-time to focus on directing.

The 47-year-old, who made his directorial debut with Reality Bites in 1994, admitted he would like to dedicate his time to sitting in the director's chair in the future.

"I definitely could see myself just directing, for sure," he said to The Hollywood Reporter.

"In fact, I feel like that's sort of what will end up happening as the roles dry up. That's where I'd love to end up."

He added: "As a director I feel much more freedom. There are just so many different kinds of movies that I can make that aren't limited by who I am as an actor."

Ben - who has directed four films including Tropic Thunder and Zoolander - is best known for his comedic roles in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Starsky And Hutch and Meet The Fockers. He next stars in drama-comedy The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, which he also directed.

The New York-born filmmaker said he prefers working behind the cameras than in front of them.

"On Mitty, there weren't a lot of days when I wasn't acting and directing, but on Tropic Thunder the days when I wasn't acting were my favourite days because I got to just be there and stand behind the monitor and to work with the actors," he added.

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