Identity Thief star Jason Bateman has expressed an interest in becoming a talkshow host.

Bateman said in an interview with GQ that he has been thinking about this for some time saying "Without getting too specific about it, because I can't, I've thought seriously about it as recently as last year."

He continued "Having just come back from doing a week of talkshows last week, I was talking to Amanda (his wife) about, in 20 years - when the girls go to college and we can finally move to New York, which is what I've been wanting to do forever - if television will have me, I would love to do that."

He said “Regis (Philbin) retired at what, 80? So in twenty years I'll be 64. To host a talkshow then, that would be a fun way to do the last bit."

The 44-year-old said he would also like to direct as well as act saying "I just vibrate at how excited I am about the complexity of the process, of making a fake world for an audience. It's not a God complex, but that's what directors are doing - they're creating a fake world, and it is four-walled. It's 360 degrees.

"When a movie is great, you don't notice the effort. It is a real world that you've just watched. There's no better job in the world than directing a film. I'm convinced of it."

Bateman has already been in the business for over twenty years starring in sitcoms in the 1980s and 1990s. He returned to prominence playing Michael Bluth in the very successful series, Arrested Development.