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The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Famous 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.
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5 172 VOTES
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors
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You wouldn't know it, but James Franco is an accomplished director of cinematic garbage. Looking at his directorial filmography, it's almost like he made some of these movies on a dare. At least Interior. Leather Bar. was interesting.

Credits (Film): The Ape; Fool's Gold; Good Time Max; The Broken Tower; Sal; Interior; Leather Bar.; As I Lay Dying, Child of God; The Sound and the Fury; Black Dog, Red Dog.

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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6 153 VOTES
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors
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Chris Rock is a revolutionary comedian who, unfortunately, is only a mediocre filmmaker. His best film so far is Top Five which is okay if you don't mind watching a promising film de-evolve into a cliche rom com.

Credits (Film): Head of State, I Think I Love My Wife, Top Five

Birthplace: Andrews, South Carolina, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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7 129 VOTES
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors
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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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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors
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Kevin Spacey doesn't have much luck with directing films. Hopefully, after helming two films that bombed financially and critically, he'll stick to what he does best: playing creeps and nebbish weirdos.

Credits (Film): Albino Alligator Beyond the Sea

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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