'Quartet' saw one of the world's most respected actors, Dustin Hoffman, taking his long-desired place behind the camera.
Hoffman steered this sweet tale about a group of retired classical musicians, starring Dame Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and Sheridan Smith.
Smith recently told HuffPostUK: "When Dustin Hoffman came to see me backstage after a play I was in, he was crying (the play was sad), and then he phoned and asked, 'Do you want to be in my movie?' So there were more tears there," she laughs.
This represents a growing trend in Hollywood for well established acting talent to try their hand behind the camera. To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of 'Quartet', released on 6 May, we've compiled our top ten list of the top ten Actors turned Directors -
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This ‘movie man of the year’ said in his Oscar acceptance speech that he is in his ‘second act’ of his career after having been finally critically recognised by the industry for his achievements in filmmaking. Affleck has appeared in over 50 films to date - from fan favourites Shakespeare in Love, Good Will Hunting to to star-studded blockbusters; Armageddon and Pearl Harbour. After a dimmer spell (Gigli) he has been thrust into the spotlight in the past six years with a string of industry-acclaimed productions, which he self-directed and performed in with vision and finesse, most notably Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Oscar-winning best picture Argo
Quickly becoming a movie legend at a young age with classics such as The Graduate, Little Big Man and Straw Dogs, Dustin continued on to become a household name delivering performances in hits such as Kramer vs Kramer, Tootsie and Rain Man. A polished veteran in character acting, Dustin has worked with countless great directors over the years; however it is only now, as a sprightly septuagenarian, that he has moved his talents behind the scenes.
After scene-stealing throughout his time on ER, Clooney’s good looks, charm and acting aptitude has seen him soar through a host of popular titles including the Coen Brothers' cult offerings O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading, along with Ocean’s Eleven (subsequently Twelve and Thirteen), Solaris, Up in the Air and the film that won him a Golden Globe last year, The Descendants. George not only directed films including The Ides of March and Good Night and Good Luck but has also shown a hat trick of producing talent, with Michael Clayton, The American and most recently Argo.
Making his name as the iconic Richie Cunningham in 70s sitcom Happy Days, Howard became famous initially for a host of 1950s and 1960s-themed films and TV shows such as American Grafitti and The Andy Griffiths Show. Now one of our most established movie directors and producers, Ron has proved his skills behind the camera with the likes of Cocoon, Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Cinderella Man, The Missing, Frost Nixon and Cowboys & Aliens.
Eastwood made a name for himself in spaghetti Western giants the likes of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as well as Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz, Where Eagles Dare, A Fist Full of Dollars and its sequel A Few Dollars More. Running alongside his illustrious acting career spanning every genre of film, Eastwood has directed and produced an enormous catalogue including Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Space Cowboys, The Bridges of Madison County, Unforgiven, J. Edgar, Hereafter, Invictus, Changeling and Mystic River. Renowned for his calm methods, his films have attracted top acting talent, often rewarded at Awards season.
Costner surprised many with his epic Dances With Wolves, where he played the lead but also directed and produced this homily to endangered native life. This went down better with audiences and critics than his other ambitious project, Waterworld. Previously, he'd made the role of serious beefcake his own in The Bodyguard, JFK, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Untouchables.
Before Mel Gibson was front page-chewing tabloid fodder, he was an Oscar-winning director for Braveheart. And more surprisingly, he turned The Passion of The Christ, filmed in Hasidic with subtitles, into a global phenomenon, with busloads of church-goers filling cinemas across the world. And before that, he was a talented actor, praised for his roles in Mad Max and Lethal Weapon in the 90s, as well as a catalogue of rom-coms.
For his acting, powerhouse performer Sean Penn has won two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and been nominated many other times, after star turns in strong, character-driven films such as Milk, The Tree of Life, All The King’s Men, The Interpreter and most recently Gangster Squad. Additionally, Penn has been in the director’s chair for a number of prestigious projects such as The Pledge, Golden Globe nominee The Crossing Guard with the brilliant Jack Nicholson and David Morse whom he directed once again alongside Viggo Mortensen in The Indian Runner.
The Hollywood veteran found initial success for his role in 1960s series The Fugitive and Hitchcock Presents, before making the jump to the big screen. From his directorial debut in 1965 for The Slender Thread, his films received 48 Academy nominations and won 11 Oscars, the first being Out of Africa starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. As well as directing The Interpreter, Pollack happily stepped back in front of the lens, appearing in Eyes Wide Shut and even Will & Grace on TV. He died in 2008.
Jon is one of those faces that has popped up in more movies than you might think. Racking up cameos and leading performances in comedies such as Couples Retreat, I Love you Man, Four Christmasses and The Break Up. Favreau turned his talents to directing and gave the world Elf, Zathura and Cowboys & Aliens, as well as the record-breaking success of Iron Man 1 and 2. For Tony Stark's third outing, Favreau gave up his directing chair and is back in front of the camera.