Speaking Direct, Clooney Opts to Act

01/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

George Clooney has a confession of his own.

The star, who has just directed his first film, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," about "Gong Show" guru Chuck Barris and his supposed secret life as a CIA hit man, had fun making the movie, but he's claiming he's in no rush to step behind the viewfinder again anytime soon.

As Clooney, 41, told the Associated Press at California's 14th annual Palm Springs Film Festival, which opened this weekend with "Confessions": "I won't be directing again for a while ... I have to go make a living somewhere."

As for directing himself in the movie -- Clooney plays a brief role -- the actor-director said, "It was a little harder than I thought it would be. You can't yell at the director when you're acting."

Actor Sam Rockwell, 34, who stars as Barris, said he enjoyed working with Clooney, who reportedly fought with Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein to have Rockwell star in the movie. (Weinstein had wanted a bigger name; Rockwell had earned nice notices for his role in "The Green Mile.")

"He's just an amazing guy -- smart, creative," Rockwell said. "We had a great time."

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