Movie hunk Ed Burns has hailed his new crime movie CONFIDENCE as his "favourite professional experience".

The Saving Private Ryan actor - who is married to supermodel CHRISTY TURLINGTON - puts his satisfaction down to concentrating all his efforts on the film, ignoring other projects.

Multi-talented Ed, who also writes and directs, says, "Confidence has been my favourite professional experience - better than any of the things I've written and directed, and even better than Private Ryan, and I think it's because I finally got it.

"For the first time I wasn't writing a screenplay in my trailer during my downtime.

"I showed up and I said, 'I'm going to attack this thing with the same single-minded focus I do when I'm writing and directing.'

"Just suit up, shut up, because you never know who you're going to learn from and what you might pick up."

18/08/2003 17:08