9 Actors That Became Great Directors

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Hollywood is like any normal business: when you’ve done the grunt work for about a decade, you get the chance to move up the ladder. In Hollywood terms, that means you move from in front of the camera to a job behind the camera – you become the director.

 

Throughout the years, many actors and actresses have at some point made the jump to a career in directing. Let’s take a look at some of the people that weren’t entirely bad at it.

 

 

Sofia Coppola
I mean, it’s pretty much in her genetic material, isn’t it? Her first two directed movies were The Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation, that should tell you enough about her talent.

 

 

Clint Eastwood
He usually stars in most movies he directs, but he does both with equal skill and passion.


Mel Gibson
After his dark period in Hollywood due to issues in his personal life, Mel came back as a director. And it turned out he was very good at it too. I think I actually even prefer Mel behind the camera.

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