Wednesday 22 November 2017

...And the ones that lost direction

Not all actors find the transition to directing easy. Here are three of the biggest casualties.

Sally Field

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.

William Shatner

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

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.

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