Washington, Mar 18 : American actor Ryan Phillippe revealed that he almost enlisted in the U.S. Army during the first Gulf War.
His reason for wanting to join the army was because he had no other option, with bad grades and no money.
"Out of high school, I didn't have a ton of options because my grades weren't the best and I didn't come from money," Usmagazine.com quoted him as telling Entertainment Tonight in an interview.
"When I graduated, it was around the time of the first Gulf War and I did go and sit in a recruitment office and got the T-shirt and everything," the 33-year-old said.
"The guy who went in with me ended up going over and serving in the first Gulf War, but I went to New York to be an actor instead," he added.
Phillippe co-stars with Abbie Cornish, with whom he's been linked, in Stop-Loss, a drama about the military's involuntary service extension clause that hits screens this Friday Mar 21.
He has two children - Ava, 8, and Deacon, 4 - with ex Reese Witherspoon.