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Multi-hyphenate Chris Rock delivers latest hit film by an actor-turned-director




Actor/director Chris Rock, winner of Hollywood Comedy Film for 'Top Five,' poses in the press room during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Actor/director Chris Rock, winner of Hollywood Comedy Film for 'Top Five,' poses in the press room during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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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?

Guests:

Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and CriticsAGoGo.com

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Alt Film Guide