While they might currently spend most of their time in front of the camera, these 5 actors are contemplating moving behind it in the future. Some have written scripts that they feel could make great movies but only if they can direct themselves so they want to be behind the camera to make sure their vision is realized. Others just enjoy the work behind the camera and like having a different creative input for a change, such as Brad Pitt, who recently admitted that in the future he’ll be acting less and directing or producing more. As they already understand all the work that goes into making a film, it’s easy for these actors to make the transition and put their efforts into a different part of film-making: here are 5 stars who are making the move.
Alex says he has big plans for the future and wants to direct as well as produce: “I’m very ambitious. I live in reality but I have dreams I want to fulfil – I want to be a director, and I’ve already started my own production company. But I also have a measure of success that I keep to myself. It’s something very personal to me.”
Brad says in the future he’ll be moving behind the camera more often because he feels more at home: “I’d rather be behind the camera. As a producer, obviously, you’re part of a team that brings the story to the screen. It wouldn’t be there if you didn’t champion it or if you and a group of people weren’t championing it. I like that.”
After writing a script and deciding it was finally good enough to be made into a film, Joseph convinced himself to direct it too: “I wrote myself a helluva role, one that people wouldn’t necessarily thought of me for. This is the first time I finished a feature film I thought was good enough to make into a movie. I’ve written others, including one mammothy huge sprawling thing that encompasses my entire point of view of everything since I was 20 years old.”
Leonardo likes the idea of directing but only if he can do it on his own terms: “I would imagine it’s really a game of deciding what to keep your attention on, as opposed to the 20 other things I’m sure people want you to pay attention to… And, if I did direct, I would try to have the same no-bulls**t approach to it as he (Eastwood) and his crew have. Seriously, there are no frills on his set. It’s a small, tight-knit crew.”
Taylor believes directing could be a direction he goes in some day: “Maybe I’ll direct, down the road. I’m definitely loving what I’m doing right now, and that’s what I’m focusing on. But, I’ve always been super interested in all aspects of film. Ever since I was in video production class in high school, it was a dream of mine to be involved in movie-making, not only in front of the camera but behind the camera as well. That’s why this movie was such a dream come true for me. It’s my production company’s first movie, and being able to be involved from the ground up, in developing the story and creating the characters and the journey that they go on, it was a lot of fun for me.”
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