To create this weekend's "Top Five," Chris Rock took a turn as writer, producer, director and lead actor. It's the third film by the comedic performer and it is getting rave reviews.
This Christmas Day will see another feature directed by Angelina Jolie. In "Unbroken," Jolie the director once again deals with dramatic and dark storytelling from behind the camera. Other high-profile actors-turned-director include Barbra Streisand, Jodie Foster, Sofia Coppola, Ben Affleck, Mike Nichols, Marlon Brando, Jodie Foster and many more. Once someone is a celebrated on-screen presence, the pressure can be immense to make a solid directorial debut.
Who have been your favorite multi-hyphenate filmmakers? How does an artist master the control necessary for directing and the abandonment needed for acting?
Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and CriticsAGoGo.com
Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Alt Film Guide