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Do Actors MAke better Directors?

 
 
Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 03:43 pm
I have to say no but definitely sometimes. Like in the case of Mel Gibson. Care to name any other?
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 04:04 pm
@PastaRoni,
Clint.
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 05:36 pm
@PastaRoni,
Sidney Potier directed some pretty good movies. "Buck and the Preacher" and "Uptown Saturday Night".
There's Penny Marshall. Ron Howard. Sydney Pollack. Mario Van Peebles.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 05:38 pm
@PastaRoni,
PastaRoni wrote:

I have to say no but definitely sometimes. Like in the case of Mel Gibson. Care to name any other?
mel is director? I didn't even know he was an actor, when was that?
talk72000
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 05:46 pm
@dyslexia,
Braveheart
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talk72000
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 05:51 pm
@PastaRoni,
Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner. Many of the A-listers tried their hands at directing like Robert Redford (won Academy Award for best director), Paul Newman, Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, etc.
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PastaRoni
 
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Reply Wed 15 Oct, 2008 02:40 pm
@cicerone imposter,
No doubt.
IknowIknow
 
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Reply Wed 15 Oct, 2008 02:42 pm
@PastaRoni,
I don't know if as a general rule they make better directors but I always like to see the result of an actors attempt at directing, producing or anything behind the scenes for that matter.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 15 Oct, 2008 02:47 pm
Some "actors" make far better directors than they were as actors. I always liked Clint Eastwood on the screen but never considered him that much of a fine actor, just a mannered piece of beefcake. (Well, maybe he just didn't get the right roles.) But as a director he is outstanding. Much the same can be be said of Ron Howard. Btw, who is Mel Gibson?
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GhostSong
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 02:16 pm
@PastaRoni,
Yea I agree....I don't know if them being actors necessarily makes them better directors..but I guess it doesn't hurt right? I guess by being actors , they know a little bit about being behind the camera and in front which could possibly be an advantage.

I guess the proof is in the pudding. Clint Eastwood is of course a prime example of this. So is Mel Gibson, Robert DiNero, Jodie Foster, even George Clooney. I even heard about Rene Zellweger recently getting into directing a film. Who would of thought? I guess we'll have to wait and see how that comes out...
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 03:53 pm
Some of the old time good directors started out as cutters/film editors.
talk72000
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 10:39 pm
@ossobuco,
Yes, Robert Wise: West Side Story, The Sound Of Music, Helen Of Troy, Sand Pebbles, etc.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:25 pm
@talk72000,
John Sturges..
a few others, I'd have to think about it.
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YellowMustard
 
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 02:49 pm
@GhostSong,
Yeah very curious to see zellweger's movie. Its actually airing tomorrow night on the Lifetime channel. It's called Living Proof... check it out if your interested: http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/movies/living-proof
might not be bad
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 6 Jan, 2014 02:37 pm
@PastaRoni,
PastaRoni wrote:

I have to say no but definitely sometimes.

Not necessarily so.
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Care to name any other?

Ben Affleck: Argo (2012) and The Town (2010) ;
George Clooney: The Ides of March (2011) and Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) ;
Woody Allen;
Christopher Guest: Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003);

Sofia Coppola is a much better director then she's an actor.

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/all-time-greatest-actors-turned-directors-woody-allen-sarah-polley-clint-eastwood
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