Ryan Phillippe gambles on comedy
Ryan Phillippe says his decision to star in new comedy MacGruber was a gamble.
The Cruel Intentions star plays a policeman in the action comedy, which is based on a Saturday Night Live sketch, and told Men's Health magazine he liked to take risks with interesting roles, rather than appearing in mainstream rom-com and blockbuster movies.
He said: "I've never been one to follow the crowd, I want to take chances and make movies that provoke thought and conversation, the instinct to gamble has stood me in good stead, it's fun to hear people laugh."
The 35-year-old actor added: "You could argue with my age that it's close to a midlife. But I really feel like it's a rebirth.
Ryan divorced Reese Witherspoon - mother to his two children, Ava, 10 and son Deacon, six - in 2008. He also split from girlfriend Abbie Cornish in February this year.
He said: "I still have sadness about my divorce. But my aim is always to progress - to be a better father, a better boyfriend, a better friend, a better actor."
Ryan revealed he was inspired by his family.
He said: "My grandfather is my hero. He fought on the ground in Berlin in World War II. As a soldier he was decorated. And he came back to America and fell into alcoholism, nearly lost his family and came out the other side. To learn about his struggle - then to see the man he became, made him my hero."