Jason Bateman said his life used to be like the film 'Risky Business'.

The former child star said he spent most of the 90s going off the rails, comparing it to the 1983 comedy film about a teenager who gets involved with drinking, drugs and prostitution when his parents go away on a trip, leaving him to look after their house.

He said: "My life was like 'Risky Business'. My parents were out of town, they left me a bunch of money, the car, and the house, and I didn't know when they were coming home."

Jason, now 40, said it wasn't until he was given an ultimatum by his wife and realised he had to cut alcohol out of his life, that he decided to grow up and take himself seriously.

Jason said: "Booze was what would make me want to stay out all night and do some blow or smoke a joint or whatever, so shutting that off was key.

"It's like ketchup and French fries - I don't want one without the other."

Now sober, Jason is receiving a new found level of praise from his co-stars, with Jennifer Aniston - who appears alongside him in new film 'The Baster' - particularly fond of him.

She said: "Even though he was pretty wild in those days, something about those dimples and that sweet face made you go, 'Oh, it's okay that you just drove up the street backwards in a Range Rover with the door wide open.' I don't know what was happening there."