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(HitFix)   15 actors who became surprisingly good directors; Clint Eastwood is included, Invisible Obama is not   (hitfix.com) divider line 103
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2012-09-17 03:32:11 PM
horrible slideshow format.

here you go:

Ben Affleck
Clint Eastwood
Angelina Jolie
George Clooney
Denzel Washington

Kenneth Branagh
Jodie Foster
Peter Berg
Ralph Fiennes
Jon Favreau

Drew Barrymore
Robert Redford
Ron Howard
Ed Harris
Penny Marshall
 
2012-09-17 03:42:30 PM
of course not an all-inclusive list of any/every actor who has also become a 'surprisingly good' director.

some worth mentioning:

Mel Gibson
Sylvester Stallone
Kevin Costner
Barbra Streisand
Sean Penn

Tim Robbins
Ben Stiller

off the top of my head...

and there are oldies like Gene Kelly, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin who fit the bill as well.
 
2012-09-17 03:43:04 PM
No Rob Reiner?
 
2012-09-17 04:04:51 PM
Bill Paxton
Charles Laughton
 
2012-09-17 04:06:43 PM

Krymson Tyde: No Rob Reiner?


This list goes to 15. He's on the list that goes to 11.
 
2012-09-17 04:08:41 PM
Where is Orson Wells?
 
2012-09-17 04:09:21 PM
Sara Polley
 
2012-09-17 04:11:42 PM

calbert: Mel Gibson


Can't say this one enough really.
 
2012-09-17 04:12:13 PM
Drew Barrymore is there....but Reiner isn't? And Tim Robbins should SO be on there!

Methinks the author just ran through IMBD and found the first 15 names he could find. Not saying all the names on there are awful, but a little more thought could have yielded a much more credible list.

(Affleck is, by far, someone who is far better as a director than I ever thought I'd believe until I'd seen his work. Gone Baby Gone and The Town are terrific. I still can't reconcile that the guy who was in Gigli and the guy who directs some amazing work are the same dood!)
 
2012-09-17 04:12:16 PM
No William Shatner for Star Trek 5?
 
2012-09-17 04:16:56 PM
I nominate Emilio Estevez for 'Th Way.' Though it certainly helps having Martin Sheen as your leading man.
 
2012-09-17 04:16:56 PM
Damn this is sexy.

images.hitfix.com
 
2012-09-17 04:17:02 PM
Harold Ramis!

Or was he more a director that become an actor?
 
2012-09-17 04:20:10 PM

dallylamma: Harold Ramis!

Or was he more a director that become an actor?


yeah, that's the way I see him..like Quentin Tarantino.
 
2012-09-17 04:20:11 PM
Frank Oz?
 
2012-09-17 04:26:30 PM
Does Terry Gilliam count? I say yes!
 
2012-09-17 04:29:03 PM

Strongbeerrules: No William Shatner for Star Trek 5?


You just watch your mouth, Mister.
www.wearysloth.com
 
2012-09-17 04:29:12 PM
No Terry Gilliam?
 
2012-09-17 04:31:59 PM

Fabric_Man: Does Terry Gilliam count? I say yes!


curses, I was too slow
 
2012-09-17 04:33:02 PM
I'll say it.

Terry Gilliam wasn't an actor.
 
2012-09-17 04:33:49 PM
collider.com

demand more

3.bp.blogspot.com
on the list.



Actor (39 titles) ; Director (47 titles) 
 
2012-09-17 04:35:17 PM
Angelina Jolie is probably not the type of person one pictures when the term "director" gets thrown around, and yet the Oscar-winning actress and internationally-renowned beauty became exactly that with her helming debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey," a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War. Though reviews were far from unanimously positive, several critics praised Jolie for realistically portraying the horrors of the conflict and provoking compelling performances from her cast. The only problem? Not many people actually saw it.

So an actress who has directed one poorly-reviewed, little-seen film is suddenly in a league with Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Kenneth Branagh, Jon Favreau, et al., while Mel Gibson and Rob Reiner didn't make it? Drew Barrymore... WTF? And Denzel might be a great actor, but he doesn't really belong here either.

/Would also add Christopher Guest along with Stallone, Penn, Costner and Robbins.
 
2012-09-17 04:38:01 PM

nocturn: I'll say it.

Terry Gilliam wasn't an actor.


orangecow.org

so you're saying he really was an inquisitor?
 
2012-09-17 04:38:52 PM
What did Tim Robbins direct?
 
2012-09-17 04:40:39 PM

ItchyMcDoogle: Where is Orson Wells?


s3.amazonaws.com
 
2012-09-17 04:41:24 PM

Crewmannumber6: What did Tim Robbins direct?


Dead Man Walking
 
2012-09-17 04:42:43 PM
Sofia Coppolla
 
2012-09-17 04:42:44 PM
In the blurb for Kenneth Branagh they fail to make any mention of Hamlet, oddly enough.
 
2012-09-17 04:43:20 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Crewmannumber6: What did Tim Robbins direct?

Dead Man Walking


Bob Roberts
 
2012-09-17 04:43:39 PM
Just wanted to thank the poster up there for mentioning Sarah Polley.

Does TV count? Because it blows my mind that Salami from the White Shadow directs good stuff like Boardwalk Empire now.
 
2012-09-17 04:44:55 PM
Robert DeNiro
 
2012-09-17 04:46:50 PM

henryhill: Robert DeNiro


Surprisingly, A Bronx Tale was kinda meh, compared to what it could have been. It felt like a Scorcese paint by numbers set
 
2012-09-17 04:47:55 PM

wiwille: In the blurb for Kenneth Branagh they fail to make any mention of Hamlet, oddly enough.


They probably haven't finished watching it
 
2012-09-17 04:48:06 PM
Clint Eastwood can DIAF for Million Dollar Baby.
 
2012-09-17 04:53:03 PM

BeatrixK: (Affleck is, by far, someone who is far better as a director than I ever thought I'd believe until I'd seen his work. Gone Baby Gone and The Town are terrific. I still can't reconcile that the guy who was in Gigli and the guy who directs some amazing work are the same dood!)


It works the other way around, too. Not all actors should be behind the camera. Gary Sinise is a perfect example--great actor, HORRIBLE director (just try to sit through Of Mice and Men).
 
2012-09-17 04:54:29 PM

calbert: of course not an all-inclusive list of any/every actor who has also become a 'surprisingly good' director.

some worth mentioning:

Mel Gibson
Sylvester Stallone
Kevin Costner
Barbra Streisand
Sean Penn

Tim Robbins
Ben Stiller

off the top of my head...

and there are oldies like Gene Kelly, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin who fit the bill as well.


Great list. i was gonna say Stallone, but Gibson is an even better example.
 
2012-09-17 04:59:11 PM
I would add Warren Beatty (Heaven can wait,Reds) and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek 4 , Three men and a baby)
 
2012-09-17 04:59:45 PM
Ben Stiller (can't stand most of his stuff but Zoolander & Tropic Thunder were hysterical)
Billy Bob Thornton
Tom Hanks
Kevin Spacey

And didn't Jack Nicholson direct The Two Jakes (*googles*) Yup, and 2 other movies I've never heard of
 
2012-09-17 05:05:57 PM
No Woody Allen?
 
2012-09-17 05:10:20 PM

INeedAName: I nominate Emilio Estevez for 'Th Way.' Though it certainly helps having Martin Sheen as your leading man.


That film was more an ensemble and it helped but according to interviews this was all Emilio's doing, they were trying to cast someone else in Martin's role.
 
2012-09-17 05:10:57 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: nocturn: I'll say it.

Terry Gilliam wasn't an actor.

[orangecow.org image 400x310]

so you're saying he really was an inquisitor?


Cameos and walk-ons does not an actor make.

Writer/director/graphic designer not actor.

Or fiscally sound. Or good at running things.
 
2012-09-17 05:11:15 PM

wndwlkr68: I would add Warren Beatty (Heaven can wait,Reds) and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek 4 , Three men and a baby)


So Spock was responsible for the whole "ghost" thing good to know.
 
2012-09-17 05:12:12 PM

MAYORBOB: No Woody Allen?


I like his movies except for that nervous fella that's always in them.
 
MCM
2012-09-17 05:18:35 PM
For "surprising" I'd probably have to go with Timothy Van Patten.
 
2012-09-17 05:19:41 PM

MAYORBOB: No Woody Allen?


I consider Woody Allen more of a director who occasionally acts, mostly in his own films, akin to Mel Brooks.

I love Woody Allen and Mel Brooks as writers and directors.

put them in front of the camera and I've never seen them as the characters they're supposed to be. I just always see them as Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, and there is a disconnect with the film.
 
2012-09-17 05:23:42 PM

BeatrixK: Drew Barrymore is there....but Reiner isn't? And Tim Robbins should SO be on there!

Methinks the author just ran through IMBD and found the first 15 names he could find. Not saying all the names on there are awful, but a little more thought could have yielded a much more credible list.

(Affleck is, by far, someone who is far better as a director than I ever thought I'd believe until I'd seen his work. Gone Baby Gone and The Town are terrific. I still can't reconcile that the guy who was in Gigli and the guy who directs some amazing work are the same dood!)


The buzz I've been reading about Argo suggests he may very well be picking up another Oscar.
 
2012-09-17 05:25:57 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: wiwille: In the blurb for Kenneth Branagh they fail to make any mention of Hamlet, oddly enough.

They probably haven't finished watching it


Probably confused it for the vastly more accessible version.

denverlibrary.org
 
2012-09-17 05:28:52 PM

wiwille: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Crewmannumber6: What did Tim Robbins direct?

Dead Man Walking

Bob Roberts


It's scary how accurate that movie was in predicting future politics.
 
2012-09-17 05:32:45 PM
Meh.

Leonard Nimoy and Bobcat Goldthwait would like a word.
 
2012-09-17 05:34:37 PM

calbert: I consider Woody Allen more of a director who occasionally acts, mostly in his own films, akin to Mel Brooks.


Then there'shiatchcock or Scorsese...usually just a brief cameo.


/CSB: Brooks has a cameo in the remake of The Producers...but only his voice. "Don't be schtupid, be a schmarty!"
 
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