Matt Damon has revealed he has considered all his acting work as a chance to train as a director.
The Oscar-winning actor, who has worked with directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Anthony Minghella, revealed to US TV show The Business that he worked as an apprentice to the best and learned from them all.
Matt, who is about to make his directorial debut, said: "The first time I met with Anthony Minghella he started asking me all these questions about the directors [I'd worked with].
"He started to ask about Spielberg and Coppola and started to ask about Gus Van Sant and I was like giving him the one-eye I think because he just won like 100 Oscars for The English Patient. He was the toast of the town and here he was asking about how these other guys worked.
"He smiled and he said, 'You don't know this yet but we all live on an island and we don't get to visit each other's islands. I think actors make such good directors because you get to see inside all these different processes and take what works for you and put it in your own process.'
"And so that made a lot of sense to me and so I've been thinking about these last 12 or 13 years as a chance to apprentice myself to these incredible people and I've learned a bunch from each of them."
Matt also revealed he has cast Fargo star Frances McDormand in his new film about a salesman, who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life completely changed by it.
Matt will direct and star in the film, written by Dave Eggers and The US Office's John Krasinski, who will also star in the project.