Actors Turned Directors or Producers – Sometimes The Fan Loses Out!

by on December 6, 2012

in Entertainment

Do You Ever Worry Your Favorite Actor Isn’t Doing More TV or Movies?  There are days when someone you really like seeing in a role, just disappears from the screen, both big and small.  Sometimes, it’s because of good things like retiring to run their own animal reserve, sometimes it’s because they’re in jail or en-route with their lifestyle, and sometimes, it’s because of something better… for them.

still of Mark Harmon in NCISThe other day on my post about ‘Sean Murray is Not Sick,’ a discussion broke out in the comments section about how Mark Harmon doesn’t seem to be doing much else besides his role of Agent Gibbs on NCIS.

But what’s surprising is just how Mark has his eye set on the future and he has been doing things to advance his career and staying employed.

That’s because he’s been working behind the camera as well as in front of it.

NCIS has been on the air for 10 years/seasons now, and to Mark’s credit, he’s actually achieved the title of producer and executive producer for almost 100 episodes of the popular JAG spin-off series.  And he has done other things, but not so much like other actors.

Mark Harmon has voiced Superman in the 2010 animated film, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and he appeared in the 2009 movie Weather Girl.

Aside from NCIS, he’s executive produced the 2012 TV movie Joey Dakota and the 2011 TV movie, Certain Prey.  Which he also starred in.

So he is starting to take control of the creative end of things, but just not so much in front of the camera, like some fans would like.

still of Pauley Perrette in NCISPauley Perrette, on the other hand, is a busy girl.

She’s produced a documentary called Citizen Lane, that’s in production right now, and has bee in in several projects this year (2012).  She’s voiced Lois Lane in Superman vs. The Elite, and Sarah Connor in Terminator: Termination.

She also had a stint on a show called FCU: Fact Checkers Unit.

David McCallum has also gone the voice talent route.  If you watch Ben 10, you may have caught his verbal mannerisms as Paradox.  Or as C.A.R. in The Replacements.

He’s also voiced Zeus in the 2009 animated Wonder Woman project, voiced Alfred in Batman: Gotham Knight.

Sean Murray on the other hand is focused.  Since the NCIS season premiere in 2003, he’s done nothing else but his portrayal of Special Agent Timothy McGee.

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Of course, the phenom of actor turn director isn’t special to NCIS.  In fact, quite a few actors have pulled up the directorial chair.  Some have done exceedingly well, AKA, Jon Favreau, and some, maybe not so much.

Mel Gibson has taken his crazy behind the camera.  Peter Berg, Ben Stiller, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Ron Howard, Woody Allen & Clint Eastwood have parlayed their inner creative beast into something special over the years.

More that come to mind are Jodie Foster, Robert Redford and the like.  The list can be pretty huge so I’m keeping this limited to just what pops into my head.

Then there are the actors who turned producers.  A few quickies come to mind… and I don’t mean in one or two off moments, but rather, they have created production companies off their focus:

One being Leonardo DiCaprio.

still of Leonardo DiCaprio in J. EdgarAt this moment in time, he has over 20 films in different states of production, ranging from script to pre to production.

His production company, Appian Way, is cranking out Runner, Runner; The Wolf of Wall Street, Out of the Furnace and Akira.

Recent past projects include The Ides of March, Red Riding Hood and Orphan. (These have all been good flicks.  Orphan had an incredible twist and I thoroughly enjoyed Hood.)

One of Appian Way’s earliest productions was the 2004 movie, The Aviator.

Another surprise “big time” producer, is Brad Pitt and his production company of Plan B Entertainment.

Plan B has 30 titles in development, three movies in production right now, (Twelve Years a Slave, World War Z, Voyage of Time) and has 13 projects under its belt.  Such movies as Troy, 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Departed, Kick-Ass and the recent release of Killing Them Softly.

still of Brad Pitt and George Clooney in Ocean's Eleven

These are just two names off the top of my head for actors having jumped behind the camera.  And at times, as you can see from some of the titles, they get behind and in front of the camera in the same job.

Which isn’t a bad thing either.  Depending on how you appreciate their work or mindsets.  But be it as it may, they either age gracefully and retire, or age a bit, pull off a few smart moves, then make their living behind the camera.  And for fans, that can be a bummer if you really enjoy their on-screen persona’s.

At least for now, everyone here is doing some time here and some time there, before and behind the camera.  So take that opportunity and make sure you enjoy their work now.

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[Leonardo DiCaprio movies]… [Brad Pitt movies]… [NCIS]

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