Matthew Fox has admitted he feels more freedom acting in films than on TV.
The 47-year-old made his name on the small screen, with shows such as Party Of Five and Lost, but has made the transition to the big screen in films such as World War Z and his latest project Emperor.
And the actor hinted that he is happier being a movie star, because it means he can be more flexible and take breaks when he needs them.
Matthew, who recently took some time off work, explained: "If I was doing Lost right now, I wouldn't have been able to take that time off and completely drop out for a while.
"That's what's good about a film here and there, maybe a play. If I went back to television, that freedom would be taken away from me."
The star - who has two children with his wife of more than 20 years - took time off after making Emperor, a post World War II film set during the occupation of Japan.
"It had been almost eight years since I'd taken any sort of break," he said. "It's been a fantastic year and a half. My kids are both at these ages where I don't want to miss anything."
Matthew said at some point he is keen to return to the West End stage, and is also interested in doing some independent films, but there's nothing concrete in the pipeline just yet.
"I'm starting to read scripts again," Matthew said. "But, as usual, it's going to have to get me excited in a big way to take me away from home."
:: Emperor is released in cinemas on Friday, October 4.