Ryan Phillippe isn't fulfilled by acting.

The 40-year-old star- who both appears in and directed his latest movie 'Catch Hell' - confessed he has lost his passion for acting alone and prefers to get behind the lens.

He told the Los Angeles Times: ''Acting alone doesn't sustain me the same way it used to which I think is completely okay if you've done something for 20 years. Trying something else becomes really appealing.''

Ryan admitted he is ''proud'' of the new flick - in which he plays a washed-up Hollywood actor Reagen Pearce who is kidnapped by thugs - although he is looking forward to staying off-camera in his next offering.

He said: ''I'm proud of this movie. I came in on time and under budget. I got it done, and it is what it is. It's not giant. But I can't wait to do the next one - especially since I won't be required to be on-camera the whole time.''

The hunky actor also revealed he decided to turn his hand to directing as it gave him more control over his career.

He explained: ''I've made 30-plus films over 20 years and in my opinion, five of them are good. So you slave away and you work hard and you want to make something great, and a lot of times you end up disappointed. There are a lot of elements that are beyond your control when you're an actor for hire. So this is kind of the beginning of my wanting to take a little more control and be a little more involved.''