18 Actors Who Direct

George Clooney

The Actor: Heartthrob and former star of massive hit TV series ER, Clooney graduated to movies in the early ‘90s after having appeared in a handful of B-movie horrors throughout the ‘80s.

Films like From Dusk Till Dawn challenged his cleancut image, and Clooney somehow weathered the travesty that was 1997’s Batman & Robin with minimal bruising (though co-stars Chris O’Donnell and Alicia Silverstone were left in the dirt).

Now, Clooney favours high profile dramas more than anything.

Directorial Style: Clooney made his directorial debut with 2002’s impressive Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, which pretty much set the mould for his other forays behind the camera.

Namely slick, polished framing and a collection of A-list playmates. His next film, The Ides Of March, is due out in October 2011.

The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)

A sly comedy of errors, The Men Who Stare at Goats may be a movie that involves war, but it’s not a war movie.

It sneaks a sideways glance at a top-secret US military division that spent much of the ‘70s training a troupe of psychic ‘super-soldiers’. And yes, that involved staring at goats. George Clooney is the ex-military soldier tailed on a mysterious mission by reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), who wants to write a story on the Iraq war to prove to his wife that he’s not a waste of space.

Tying in real-life footage of Iraq combat and George Bush, Goats initially appears to be digging at the ribs of the Bush administration. But its jibes quickly turn more farcical than barbed. Erring on just the right side of silliness, its combination of slapstick and off-the-cuff sitcom mostly hits the right marks.

Anticipation: Clooney, McGregor, Bridges, Spacey and one heck of a title. 4

Enjoyment: Clooney again proves himself a master of comedy timing, shame the script isn’t sharper. 3

In Retrospect: Not quite as viciously funny as Burn After Reading, but a decent desert-set romp. 3

Via Little White Lies