Ryan Gosling has revealed that he has been warned against a move into directing.
The Gangster Squad star is due to make his directorial debut with How To Catch A Monster, which starts shooting in May, but has been told by other filmmakers that he is "stupid" for taking the step.
"Every director that I know, they think I'm so stupid and they just keep saying 'It's a dog life. Why would you do this?'," he said.
"'Actors move from mountain top to mountain top', that's what a director told me the other day, whereas with directors, it's a dog's life."
The fantasy film, which has been written by the 32-year-old, will feature his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks as a mother-of-two who enters a dark underworld. Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is to play an as yet unspecified role in the film.
Ryan - who next stars in Derek Cianfrance's drama The Place Beyond The Pines and Nicolas Winding Refn's revenge drama Only God Forgives - reckons having a strong cast will help to improve his confidence as a first-time director.
"I feel that as the cast grows, the more confident I am because I know how much you can depend on your actors if you have great ones," he said.