Actors Turned Directors: Who Enjoys Being In The Director’s Chair?

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Actors now behind the camera

Actors may be successful in Hollywood but aren’t content just to be in front of the camera.

These stars wanted a change of pace and decided to take a stab at directing. Some actors-turned-directors have very impressive (sometimes award-winning) results.

Let’s take a peek at movie stars turned directors:

Ben Affleck is one actor that turned award-winning director! Ben starred in several big films including “Pearl Harbor”, “Armageddon” and “The Town”.

Ben Affleck as director

Affleck and his friend Matt Damon penned the screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” in the late 90s, landing the Best Original Screenplay award at the age of 25. See! He’s not just a pretty face!

Ben played Tony Mendez in “Argo”, a film he also produced and directed. He won a Best Director Golden Globe and a Best Picture Oscar! Ben can be seen as the caped crusader, Batman, in the upcoming Superman and Batman movie.

Ryan Gosling is just adorable and it seems a shame to hide the pretty face behind the camera.

Ryan Gosling to direct

But Ryan, who has starred in films including “The Notebook” and “Drive”, is ready to try his hand at directing. Ryan has written and will be the director of a film entitled “How to Catch a Monster”, which will star voluptuous “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood rose to fame as the tough cowboy in the classic westerns and as Harry Callahan in the “Dirty Harry” films.

Eastwood first tried his hand at directing in 1971 with “Play Misty For Me”, directing himself in classics like “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “High Plains Drifter”. He landed a Best Director award for Picture of the Year in 1992 with “Unforgiven”.

Clint won an Oscar for Best Director of his movie “Million Dollar Baby”. Not too shabby!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is not only super cute, but an actor and now director.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Most of us first remember Joseph Gordon-Levitt from his role in “3rd Rock from the Sun”. Joseph has slowly worked his way to becoming a movie heartthrob from his roles in “500 Days Of Summer”, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception”.

This year we can check out the movie “Don Jon”, a comedy about a porn-loving guy that he both wrote and directed.

George Clooney may be older but will always be “Gorgeous George”.

George Clooney also a director

The handsome actor has appeared in many movies, including “The Descendants”, “Up in the Air”, and “Ocean’s Eleven”.

But George is also a talented director! He made his directorial debut in 2002 with his biographical thriller “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, later directing “Good Night, and Good Luck”, football film “Leatherheads”, and “The Ides of March”.

Most of us grew up watching Ron Howard on “The Andy Griffith Show” and later as a teenager on “Happy Days”.

Ron Howard successful director

Howard made his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy “Grand Theft Auto” as well as “Splash”, “Cocoon”, “Willow”, “Apollo 13”, and “The Da Vinci Code”. He won Best Picture and Best Director for his 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind”.

It’s not just actor’s making a name for themselves as directors in Hollywood. Angelina Jolie is not only a talented actress, but also has tried her hand at directing.

Angelina Jolie actress and director

Angelina Jolie wrote and directed the movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey” in 2011. She will also be directing a Coen Brother’s movie “Unbroken”.

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