The actor revealed he was once contacted by police detectives in Los Angeles after they discovered photos of him had been illegally taken while he was getting changed at a gym.

The 48-year-old told U.S. chat show host Ellen DeGeneres he was assured none of the images would be made public.

He found humour in the situation and asked the cop, "Well, how do I look?"

"Let’s think this through here. We could turn this frown around,” he added, making light of the incident. “I don’t know what the angle is, but this could be... Careers have been made out of perhaps less.”

Olyphant appeared on the talk show to promote his new Netflix series Santa Clara Diet, in which he plays the husband of Drew Barrymore's zombie character.