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Stiller reveals Mitty challenges

Ben Stiller has revealed the challenges of directing a movie he was also starring in.

Hollywood star Ben's passion project The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was the centrepiece gala of the American Film Institute Festival in Los Angeles and the movie sees the funnyman behind the camera as well as in front of it.

He is no stranger to taking on dual responsibilities, making his directorial debut with Reality Bites, in which he also starred, and taking on both jobs for the smash hits Zoolander and Tropic Thunder, but the actor admitted doing two roles is always tough.

Speaking on the red carpet, the 47-year-old said: "It is always challenging but that is what is great about it. You figure your way out of it every day, I don't have any method apart from to ask for a lot of help."

Ben spent years bringing the ambitious movie to the big screen and he said it was a story he felt passionate about.

"I just loved that the movie could be a lot of different things. It was a comedy and it was emotional and it was adventure and it had scope but it was also really small. It was a chance to do all those things but also be coherent."

The movie features some epic visual effects set pieces, and the Dodgeball star said they presented their own set of challenges.

"I wanted the visual effects to be integrated to the movie so that the places where there were visual effects you weren't thinking about them, and where they did have to happen they somehow related to the the reality Walter had in his head. It was challenging but it was a really great learning experience for me."

The movie also stars Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig and Kathryn Hahn and will open in the UK on December 26.

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