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The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors

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List RulesFamous actors who decided to take a turn in the director's chair, with less than stellar results. Upvote the worst of the worst, based on their directorial body of work.

Who's the worst actor turned director? And why can't actors just stick to acting in the first place? Well, famous people are like Bond villains. They live on islands. They probably own cars with their initials detailed into the steering wheel, and it's clear nothing is ever good enough for them. If they’re playing sports, they want to be in a band, if they’re in a band they want to be fashion designers, and if they’re actors they want to be directing. This list deals specifically with that last group of FPs (famous people): actors. Specifically, Hollywood actors who took a chance (or multiple chances) got behind the camera and stunk up the joint with their lousy movie.

From the moment an actor gets on set, they’re told where to go and what to do. As Alfred Hitchcock said, “they should be treated like cattle.” So it’s no surprise that some of the cattle would like a chance to tell people what to do instead. Plus, it looks way cool to hang out behind a chair all day wearing one of those cool little director hats. The actors on this list obviously aspired to be something greater than just a guy (or gal!) on a movie screen, unfortunately their movies were garbage and now we’re making fun of their hard work. Take that, you Hollywood bums!

Start voting now to determine who the worst of these famous actors who directed movies are, and if you disagree with us, we’ll personally make you watch all of the films on this list as punishment.
  • Kevin Bacon
    Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images
    Kevin Bacon, the walking punch line, is going to want to use every one of his six degrees of separation to get away from his single film directorial credit Loverboy. A film from 2005 that looks like it's about the mom from The Closer laying around in bed all day. 
    • Credits (Film): Loverboy
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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  • Ryan Gosling
    Photo: First Man / Universal Pictures
    Before you turn on your caps lock and start Internet yelling, don't worry, we like him too, he's just not a very good director. But with one very bad film under his belt (seriously, it's the worst) maybe he'll learn his lesson and stick to being a meme. 
    • Credits (Film): Lost River
    • Birthplace: London, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
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  • There are plenty of ways that you could know David Cross. Maybe you know him from his short-lived HBO show Mr. Show. Or perhaps from his scathing stand up comedy. Or maybe you're a big a Alvin and the Chipmunks fan. But we're pretty sure you don't know him from his directorial debut Hits, which is a film full of "holier than thou misanthropy." Ouch. 
    • Credits (Film): Hits
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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  • Casey Affleck
    Photo: Jason Kempin / Getty Images
    Casey Affleck seems nice enough, but he directed that weirdo film I'm Still Here with Joaquin Phoenix, and that's enough to land him on this list.
    • Credits (Film): I'm Still Here
    • Birthplace: Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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