Actors 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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Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors
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Nicolas Cage, the nouveau shaman himself, has only directed one film - the poorly received Sonny, about a male prostitute played by James Franco. Cage must have recognized that he wasn't cut out to be behind the camera and decided to stick with acting like a crazy person in front of it.

Credits (Film): Sonny

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

Nationality: United States of America

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Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors
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Tim Allen, an actor and "comedian" who's made so much money off the Toy Story franchise that he could conceivably live on a cupcake on the moon and never have to return to earth again, decided to direct a film called Crazy on the Outside. We watched half of it by accident in a hotel before we realized it was supposed to be a comedy.

Credits (Film): Crazy on the Outside

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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David Schwimmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors
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It's a good thing David Schwimmer has friends, because no one else is going to see his films (zing!). His two directorial features are milquetoast at best, but at least Run Fat Boy Run starred Simon Pegg.

Credits (Film): Run Fat Boy Run, Trust

Birthplace: Flushing, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors
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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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