Ryan Phillippe: 'I'm Going To End My Acting Career'

04/25/2011 11:37 am ET | Updated Jun 25, 2011

UPDATE: Access Hollywood reports that an unnamed source says that the comments were taken out of context, and that Phillippe is looking to expand his behind-the-scenes efforts, along with continuing to do some acting.



Ryan Phillippe is so fed up with one set of cameras, he plans on ending his long run in front of another.

The star of the new indie war film "The Bang Bang Club," spoke with the New York Post after the film's premiere on Friday Night, saying that he was so sick of the paparazzi that he was thinking about calling it quits on a 20-year old acting career.

"I think I'm going to end my acting career," he told the Post. "I'm so introverted. I'm ready to be behind the scenes. I'm 36, but I've been doing this for 20 years."

Phillippe has long been the subject of photographers' cameras; he was married to Reese Witherspoon, and has been dating Amanda Seyfried since the winter. He's gotten a bad rap of sorts for his relationships; he allegedly cheated on ex-girlfriend Abbie Cornish, whom he broke up with in 2010, and was accused of cheating on Witherspoon as their marriage ended in divorce in 2006.

The actor promised the Post that he isn't the man he's made out to be by the press.

Having just featured in "The Lincoln Lawyer," Phillippe is attached to a number of films over the next two years. He recently finished "Setup" with Bruce Willis and 50 Cent, will feature in the crime thrillers "Chronicle," and "By Virtue Fall."