The actor has signed up with MasterClass, a company based in San Francisco, California which offers expert tuition from celebrities including Dustin Hoffman and tennis ace Serena Williams.

The course, which costs $90 (£60), consists of 29 lessons and a workbook of assignments, some of which will be critiqued by the American Beauty star himself.

In a promotional video for the teaching project, Kevin insists he wants to pass on his top tips to students to help them improve their acting.

"The craft of acting is to step into someone else's shoes, someone else's ideas; to look at something in a mirror and not see ourselves and not feel ourselves and not feel weird but feel free," he says.

The course will be offered from May next year (16).

Other classes available from the company include vocal coaching from singer Christina Aguilera and a performance guide from R&B star Usher.