The actor-and-director lost more than $10 million in 2008 thanks to fraudulent investment adviser Bernard Madoff but insists he isn`t bitter about the experience.
He said: "It`s only money. If you have the ability by the insane, fortunate nature of your life to make money, losing basically all the money I`d ever made is very freeing. I`m not unhappy. Some good things came out of it."
The `Dangerous Liaisons` star says his philosophical approach comes from meeting "real" people with problems when he was hospitalised earlier this year.
He explained: "I had knee surgery this year and I was in hospital in Poland, in a clinic with real people who actually have problems, as opposed to me who gets paid a fortune to pretend I have problems. That`s worth paying a few million bucks for."
While he is resigned to losing his money now, John, 57, admits his view of the world changes from day to day.
He added: "People are many things, myself included. Also, how I viewed the world on Monday may not be the same as on Friday."