Any such list — it’s already established — begins with Eastwood. One of the most charismatic actors of the 60s very quickly switched to directing, combining two professions. For educational purposes, it’s worth watching “Play Me Before Death” – Eastwood’s directorial debut, made according to all the rules of the New Hollywood genre movie: maniac, female victims, psychological trauma and a sophisticated method of murder. One glance at Eastwood’s filmography makes it clear: we have before us the whole history of American cinema of the second half of the 20th century – from Westerns to heroic war dramas – on his favorite subject: an ordinary person against unbearable circumstances. 88-year-old Eastwood has already announced the filming of the next film with Bradley Cooper in the title role: just to survive.
This year, Clooney became the highest paid actor in Hollywood, ahead of Robert Downey Jr., who earned a fortune on Marvel, and the main person in modern action games – Dwayne Johnson. Directing in Clooney’s career is not the main direction: he is much more known as a producer, besides his last two films – “Treasure Hunters” and “Suburbicon” – despite the chic acting ensembles, rather disappointed. What, however, does not overshadow Clooney’s early directorial period: the delightful biopic of the double agent “Confessions of a Dangerous Person”, the story of the March Ides undercover campaign and the elegant biographical picture about the TV show host Edward Marow’s senator Joseph McCarthy Goodnight and Good Luck. Soon, Clooney is going to shoot “Trick-22” – a mini-series based on the most important American novel of the 20th century about the pilot of World War II halfway between madness and repentance.
On the big screen, television actor Ben Affleck pulled out Richard Linklater in “Stoned and Confused.” Since then, we have seen Affleck on a yacht with Jay Law, in the comedies of Kevin Smith, Malik’s elegy and in almost the best thriller of Fincher. Affleck began to show interest in working on the other side of the camera almost from the very beginning of his career – and not without success. A few years after the debut in “High and in Confusion,” the actor had a real Hollywood triumph: he received an Oscar for his screenplay in the Vancensky Good Will Hunting. After that, Affleck’s directorial debut was a matter of time, but he, as a diligent student, released it only ten years later. Affleck shot two of his three best films about the troubled areas of Boston in which he grew up. The second Oscar was brought to Affleck by Operation Argo, an action about the amazing evacuation of employees of the American embassy from post-revolutionary Iran: a special operation was performed under the guise of filming a fictional sai-fi movie. The adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Witness of the Accusation” in the performance of Affleck, in any case, wants to wait much more than another Batman in the “Justice League”.