The Coen brothers' new movie gave John Malkovich a chance to blow off some steam.

Malkovich's seething character in "Burn After Reading" bursts out in perpetual tantrums, a nice exercise in anger management, according to the actor.

While he has not played explosive people that often in films, he has done many such roles on stage. It's great therapy for anyone with a temper, Malkovich said.

"I couldn't recommend it more highly," Malkovich said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Burn After Reading" played in advance of its theatrical release Friday.

"(Now) I almost never lose my temper," he said. "Over the years, so much of it has melted away, but still the memory of it is there."