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Saturday 19 August 2017

Ryan Phillippe gambles on comedy

Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Phillippe

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."

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