Jennifer Aniston Plans to Direct, Plus 10 Other Actors-Turned-Directors

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Jennifer Aniston has announced that she'll soon be joining the actor-turned-director club.

She tells the UK's Sun, "I have a project in development I'm going to direct. After you get enough movies under your belt, you sit back and go, 'What's next?' It's getting to a time where creatively I want to turn in a different direction."

I'm eager to see what kind of movie it'll be (though I'm gonna guess a rom-com ... that seems to be her specialty).

Some other actors who have jumped into the director's chair:

  1. Drew Barrymore: She made her directorial debut with Whip It, a film about a teenage roller derby team, starring Ellen Page.
  2. Natalie Portman: Slowly coming into the directing circle, she directed one of the short films that was a part of New York, I Love You (the Teya & Dante clip).
  3. Robert De Niro: In 1993, he directed A Bronx Tale, which, I admit, I've never even heard of. But I do remember The Good Shepherd that starred Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.
  4. Mel Gibson: As crazy as this guy is, he's a heck of an actor and director. He made his directorial debut in 1993 with The Man Without a Face, followed two years later by the masterpiece that was Braveheart, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Director. And we can't forget The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
  5. Sean Penn: He's directed a total of four movies: The Indian Runner (1991), The Crossing Guard (1995), The Pledge (2001), and Into the Wild (2007). 
  6. Kevin Costner: Dances With Wolves is by far the most famous film that he's directed. It earned him an Academy Award for Best Director as well as six other Academy statues. Costner also directed The Postman, which somewhat flopped, but came back to the Westerns with Open Range in 2003. 
  7. George Clooney: Having just come on to the directing scene in the last eight years, he's already made three films that were highly acclaimed: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night and Good Luck, and Leatherheads. All three films were very different, showing that Clooney has a knack for diversity.
  8. Clint Eastwood: He has solidified himself as both a famous actor and director. You can bet any film that he's a part of will do well. 
  9. Ben Affleck: I never cared for him much as an actor, but Gone Baby Gone, which he directed in 2007, earned him some respect.
  10. Ron Howard: Who could've guessed that Opie from The Andy Griffith Show would be the big name behind films such as Parenthood, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and The Da Vinci Code

Who's your favorite actor-turned-director?

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