updated 03/13/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/13/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
Jason Bateman lets the profanity fly in his new film Bad Words. And it turns out the father of two is a bit of a swear word aficionado in real life, too – with limits.
“I tend to use as many as I can think of,” he tells GQ for its latest issue. “I don’t do it around my 7-year-old, but I do around my 2-year-old, because she doesn’t know what the hell I’m saying yet.”
His favorite curse word? Hint: It begins with the word “mother.”
Bateman, 45, makes his directorial debut in Bad Words, which revolves around a bitter man who uses a loophole to enter a national spelling bee designed for children, then mercilessly attempts to take down his pint-sized opponents.
It’s not exactly family-friendly fare, and Bateman knows it – which is exactly why daughters Francesca Nora and Maple Sylvie with wife Amanda Anka won’t be accompanying him to the theater for a screening.
“My daughters will never see this movie,” he declares.
“Check the kid out and see what the quickest way to make them cry is,” he says, then stops himself. “No, having two little girls now, I don’t know if I could ever insult a kid anymore. I’ve turned into such a softy.”