Smooth tran­si­tion

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Over the years, many ac­tors have oc­cu­pied the di­rec­tor’s chair in­clud­ing Jodie Fos­ter (who made heart­felt films like Lit­tle Man

Tate and The Beaver), Ge­orge Clooney (nom­i­nated in the Os­cars for Best Di­rec­tor for

Good Night And Good Luck), Sean Penn ( The

Pledge), Tom Hanks ( That Thing You Do!), Jon Favreau ( Iron Man), Ben Stiller ( Zoolan­der and Tropic Thun­der in which he not only di­rected but wrote as well as acted in) and Keanu reeves (erm, he comes off as a bet­ter di­rec­tor than ac­tor in Man Of


Here are six other ac­tors who made the smooth tran­si­tion to award-win­ning di­rec­tors.

Clint East­wood

Best known for his spaghetti western roles in A Fist­ful Of Dol­lars and The Good, The Bad

And TheU gly, and Dirty Harry films. Started di­rect­ing in 1971 with Play Misty For

Me In 1992, he won the Os­cars for Best Di­rec­tor and Best Pic­ture for the western Un­for­given, in which he also played the lead char­ac­ter. He has di­rected other gems in­clud­ing

Mys­tic River, Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby (which also nabbed him the Best Pic­ture and Best Di­rec­tor Os­cars), Let­ters From Iwo Jima and


His cur­rent di­rect­ing project is JerseyBoys.

Kevin Cost­ner

Made his mark with roles in The Un­touch­ables, Bull Durham and Field Of Dreams But he is best known for di­rect­ing Dances With­Wolves in 1990, a film that got him the Os­cars for Best Pic­ture and Best Di­rec­tor. His other ef­forts, un­for­tu­nately, are quite ter­ri­ble ( Water­world, The Post­man and Open Range).

His next gig sees him op­po­site Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Re­cruit.

Robert Red­ford

The once upon a time swoon-wor­thy Red­ford has been in some clas­sics like Butch Cas­sidy And The Sun­dance Kid, The St­ing,

Out Of Africa and All The Pres­i­dent’s Men. His first time be­hind the cam­era was for

Or­di­nary Peo­ple (1980) for which he re­ceived the Os­cars for Best Di­rec­tor and Best Pic­ture. Other top-notch films he di­rected in­clude A

River Runs Through It and Quiz Show. He is ap­pear­ing in next year’s Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier.

Mel Gib­son

This Aus­tralian made a name

for him­self in Hol­ly­wood with MadMax and Lethal Weapon movies. Made his di­rec­to­rial de­but with 1993’s Man With­out A Face. Al­though many do not want to be as­so­ci­ated with him th­ese days, no thanks to the anti-Semitic re­marks he made, Gib­son was the toast of Tin­sel­town when he won Best Di­rec­tor Os­car for 1995’s Braveheart. Af­ter that, he di­rected two more films, The

Pas­sion Of Christ and Apoca­lypto. Nowa­days, he seems to be choos­ing smaller roles (or maybe this is not by choice). He will be seen in TheEx­pend­ables3 (2014) and

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Ron Howard

The Andy Grif­fith Show and Happy Days. Enough said. The child star traded his act­ing hat for a di­rect­ing one in 1977’s Grand Theft Auto. He fol­lowed this with a cou­ple of TV movies be­fore mak­ing his big-screen fea­ture,

Night­Shift. In 2001, he bagged the Best Pic­ture and Best Di­rec­tor Os­cars for A Beau­ti­ful Mind. He has also di­rected other block­busters such as Splash, Co­coon, Wil­low and Apollo

13. He has helmed both the Da Vinci Code films and Cin­derel­laMan. Right now, Howard is di­rect­ing Nathaniel Philbrick’s In The Heart Of The Sea star­ring Chris Hemsworth.

Ben Af­fleck

Best re­mem­berd for his speech (with Matt Da­mon) af­ter win­ning the best screen­writ­ing Os­car for Good Will Hunt­ing. And yes, Ben­nifer. OK, there might’ve been some roles in tur­keys such as Dare­devil and Gigli. Af­fleck’s ca­reer took a turn for the bet­ter when he de­cided to go be­hind the cam­era for 2007’s Gone Baby Gone (his di­rec­to­rial de­but), 2010’s The Town and 2012’s Argo. Early this year, at the Os­cars, Argo won the Best Pic­ture award. Un­for­tu­nately, he is back to irk­ing a lot of peo­ple when he is cast as Bruce Wayne (aka Bat­man) in Bat­man Vs. Su­per­man (2015). Bah.

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