Top 5 Worst Actors/Actresses Turned Director
As far as talented actresses go, Jodie Foster is a name that can always be found on a top ten list. Foster made herself known as an actress for the first time in Taxi Driver in 1976. Foster had numerous box office hits such as Contact, Panic Room, The Silence of the Lambs, and Flightplan. Through her acting career, Foster tried her hand at directing a few times and sadly fell short each time. Her two most notable films The Beaver and Money Monster both had fantastic casts, but were just not enough to wow critics.
Ryan Gosling: Ryan Gosling has become the film industry’s latest obsession over the past few years. As an actor, Gosling has been everywhere lately and has even begun exploring his acting style. Gosling made his breakout performance in The Notebook, one of the most beloved romance movies to date. Since then he has explored the genres of action, drama and comedy. He played a quiet and skilled driver in Drive, a high-strung successful man working on Wall Street during the 2008 stock market crash in The Big Short, and a lovable and kind of goofy private eye in this year’s The Good Guys. The one role Gosling had never played was director until 2014 when he released Lost River. The film has a very low critic rating and low box office numbers.
Angelina Jolie has slowly become one of the matriarchs of the film industry over the past two decades. From her acting to her humanitarian work she has established herself as someone who wants to be successful and make a difference in the world. She has played in such films as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Gone in 60 Seconds, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Wanted. In 2011, Jolie made her directorial debut in In The Land of Blood and Honey, which was not positively received as it was anticipated to. Her following films Unbroken and By the Sea were overall received well, but were still not received well critically.
Chris Evans has had a very interesting career over the past decade. He has become the new Captain America and continues to embody the character more and more with every Marvel film that is released. Before he was Cap, Evans was first the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films that came before the MCU existed. In between being these two amazing superheroes Evans also starred in such films as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Push, What’s Your Number?, and Snowpiercer. In 2014, Evans directed his first ever film Before We Go. This film was considered a flop on all fronts, making a little over $3,000 on opening weekend.
There are some directors that can be put down by every critic and audience and still be considered one of the best in industry. Sylvester Stallone came right out of the gates swinging by starring in the Rocky film series. Stallone made himself known as the king of action movies in the 1980’s. Along with playing Rocky, Stallone was also the star of the Rambo series, which blew him to the front of the action genre at the time. With his success starring in Rocky, Stallone decided to take up the mantle of director in the following four sequels. Although these films are considered classics now, at the time these individually did not do well critically or in the box office. In recent years he tried directing again with The Expendables, but unfortunately was not as successful as he must’ve hoped he would be.