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Matt Dillon: Fame and family don't mix

Matt Dillon has focused a lot of his attention on his career rather than marriage and kids.

The 51-year-old actor has been working in Hollywood since the late 70s, starring in everything from Crash to There's Something About Mary.

He recently decided to add TV work to his résumé with a starring role in M. Night Shyamalan's psychological new drama Wayward Pines.

While work has always been at the forefront of Matt's agenda, starting a family hasn't.

"There's been a lot of focus on my career. And, look, obviously this business isn't conducive to getting married and starting families. I usually like better odds. That said, I'm in a relationship that's going well," Matt told Details.

"I stopped drinking, like, 12 years ago. Or I should say that I just stopped living the way I was living. We get to a certain point where our old ideas aren't working for us. We don't have to be crawling in the gutter to learn the toughest lessons. It's a real moment of clarity: 'If I hope to do this again, I have to change the way I'm living.'"

In 1983, just four years into Matt's career, he made two films with legendary movie maker Francis Ford Coppola. The result was that Rumble Fish and The Outsiders thrust him into the limelight from the get go.

"Yeah, but I look at it and realise I was just a kid. It's not like I was Orson Welles coming out of the gate. The performances were not what they could've been.

"I did Over the Edge when I was 14 years old. I wasn't going to become a Broadway hoofer. I just saw that character and said, 'I know that guy. I can play that guy,'" he said of his early work.

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