The Hangover star has become one of Hollywood's hottest actors, and is among the critics' favourites for Oscars glory at next year's (13) Academy Awards thanks to his turn in new drama Silver Linings Playbook.
However, Cooper has his sights set on stepping behind the camera as soon as he finds the ideal project.
He tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "No question (I'm going to direct). It's just finding the right thing. I don't think like an actor at all. What turns me on is the storytelling process, much more so than, 'What's my character?'"