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I'm looking for movie Directors who like to give acting a shot. I'm not thinking directors who act in their own movies like Woody Allen or even Alfred Hitchcock. Instead I'm thinking of a list of chaps like Quentin Tarantino or Peter Bogdanovich. Guys (or gals) that are accustomed to being behind the camera, but occasionally enjoy stepping in front of it.


Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:00 pm
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hitchcock, because he's in one scene, doesn't talk and won't be self-indulgent(I'm talkin' to you,Tarentino).


Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:45 pm
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John Houston was perhaps the most entertaining actor among directors. His bigger-than-life persona served him well whenever he decided to venture in front of the camera.

Sidney Pollack was also pretty good. He was hilarious in "Tootsie" and suitably sleazy in "Eyes Wide Shut".


Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:00 pm
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The winner, with no runner-up of any kind within a mile, is Roman Polanski in Chinatown, asking Jack Nicholson about being a nosey guy. I don't know if this is simply bad acting or some sublime brilliance which I have neglected to acquire a taste for - but I love it.


Also, my vote for most amazing director/actor goes to Tim Robbins, who has every qualification to justify Mr. Altman's Orson Welles comparisons. People forget that, despite acting more than directing, he nevertheless frequents fewer films than we may actually remember. He is an imposing force of cinema, and a wunderkind.


Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:28 am
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I think the best acting performance by a director in a movie has to be Clint Eastwood's performance in Unforgiven. Simply brilliant.

I would also like to single out, in terms of director cameos, Martin Scorcese's chilling performance in Taxi Driver.


Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:11 pm
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All I have to say is, M. Night Shyamalan, please please please stop casting yourself in your movies. You can't act. Unfortunately, you can't really write either, but as a director you're okay.


Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:41 pm
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Trevor wrote:
All I have to say is, M. Night Shyamalan, please please please stop casting yourself in your movies. You can't act. Unfortunately, you can't really write either, but as a director you're okay.
No kidding! He was especially embarassing in Lady In The Water, and I think he's terrible director as well.


Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:47 pm
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Robert Duvall


Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:51 pm
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I always loved seeing Sydney Pollack in a film -- he brought a genuine dignity to his roles and always made a small seam of sinister evil feel like it could be imaginary. His directorial output wasn't nearly as interesting as his small turn in Eyes Wide Shut.


Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:07 pm
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A few frogs that come to mind: Francois Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind & Matthieu Kassovitz in Munich or Amelie


Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:46 pm
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The titular hero of the now defunct The Obligatory John Cassavetes Thread was also a fine actor. I remember him well from both Rosemary's Baby and The Dirty Dozen.

panos75 wrote:
John Houston was perhaps the most entertaining actor among directors. His bigger-than-life persona served him well whenever he decided to venture in front of the camera.

Sidney Pollack was also pretty good. He was hilarious in "Tootsie" and suitably sleazy in "Eyes Wide Shut".


Both fine choices. Methinks Daniel Day-Lewis had seen some footage of John Houston before he played Daniel Plainview.


Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:28 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:
The titular hero of the now defunct The Obligatory John Cassavetes Thread was also a fine actor. I remember him well from both Rosemary's Baby and The Dirty Dozen.


You'll, by which I mean I'll, be delighted to hear that the defunct Obligatory thread is no longer defunct and has the promised look at Shadows. Only a month or so later than promised.

This post is to second the Cassavetes mention. He was a perfectly good actor and he was never better than when he stole Rosemary's Baby from Ruth Gordon. My favorite of his performances comes at the very end of Opening Night when he completely drops his screen character and gives us ten minutes of unscripted flirting with his wife, Gena Rowlands. It's a wholly bizarre scene; one could understandably guess that Mr. Cassavetes, a serious drinker, ended his own movie with a truly crazy departure in order to wrap things up and have that next belt of scotch.


Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:38 am
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Spike Jonze was excellent in Three Kings. I'd like to see him act more.


Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:57 am
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[quote="panos75"
Sidney Pollack was also pretty good. He was hilarious in "Tootsie" and suitably sleazy in "Eyes Wide Shut".[/quote]

I may be in the minority, but I thought Pollack was godawful in Eyes Wide Shut. He just came across as forced to me.

He was way better in Michael Clayton and Changing Lanes (where he plays a much better sleazeball).

As previously mentioned, Clint Eastwood is the gold standard. He's a master, whether he's acting or directing.

I'd also add Harold Ramis... I've always found the guy funny.


Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:51 am
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Moovy1 wrote:
Robert Duvall


Absolutely, especially in The Apostle.


Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:27 am
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As for directors who were better known as actors first, you can't beat John Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood.

BTW, M. Night Shyamalan is a total one-trick pony. :P


Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:49 am
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No love for Eli Roths acting abilities?


Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:46 am
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No love for Eli Roths acting abilities?


Well, he has gotten better acting. Look at his "acting" in Cabin Fever and look at his acting Death Proof...much better.

Plus, he's not directing when he acts most of the time.


Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:00 am
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I might be in the minority, but I find Tarantino's bit parts amusing, if not especially good. When he chews out Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, you can almost see him tweaking an imaginary curly mustache.


Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:25 pm
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Awesome actor/directors are Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Mel Gibson, Sidney Pollack, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Tim Robbins


Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:06 pm
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