...And the ones that lost direction
Published 15/10/2011 | 05:00
Not all actors find the transition to directing easy. Here are three of the biggest casualties.
Oscar-winning actress Sally Field was known for her embarrassing behaviour at awards ceremonies until she directed her first film, Beautiful, in the year 2000. The film's story of a young woman who's so obsessed with winning the Miss America title that she conceals the fact she has a child sounded promising, but the end result was a sorry mess, and Field hasn't troubled the scorers since.
The much-loved star of cult 1960s TV show Star Trek has forged a career as a comic actor in acclaimed shows like Boston Legal. But he's not the world's greatest director. In 1989 he fulfilled a life-long ambition by taking the reins of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The film did OK at the box office but Shatner's direction was savaged by critics, who described it as "a mess" and "a shambles".
Nicolas Cage's off-screen eccentricities and no-holds barred acting style have won him many fans, but in 2002 he took a big risk by directing his first feature, Sonny, a dark drama starring James Franco as a reluctant but highly successful gigolo. The film was as jerky and inconsistent as Cage's acting and he hasn't directed since.