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Movie Quiz: Long-time actor, first-time director


Former actor Ryan on “The Office,” BJ Novak is bursting out this week with his feature directorial debut, “Vengeance.” He also wrote and acted in the film. It joins other current actor-turned-director films like Jordan Peele’s “Nope” and Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Actors taking their directorial turn is a long Hollywood tradition, dating back to Charlie Chaplin in 1921’s “The Kid” and even earlier. Let’s see what you know about other inaugural directing gigs – some successful and the start of a successful second career, others… less so – from actors who said, “but what I really want to do is is straightforward.”

1. Another movie coming out this week (on limited theatrical release, following next week on video on demand) is “Resurrection,” a Rebecca Hall-starring thriller that was filmed in relative secrecy last summer right here. in Albany. Hall made her directorial debut last year with what critically acclaimed period piece she also wrote?

2. A member of BJ Novak’s “Bureau” — and high school classmate — John Krasinski made the transition from actor to director more than a decade ago. Which was his first effort behind the camera: “The Hollars”, “A Quiet Place”, “Imaginary Friends” or “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men”?

3. Which of these actors won the Best Director Oscar for their directorial debut: Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Mel Gibson, Mike Nichols or Emerald Fennell?

4. Which actor, more famous now as a director, first stepped behind the camera for “Grand Theft Auto” in 1977?

5. Barbra Streisand made three films (in which she acted) – “Yentl”, “The Prince of the Tides” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces”. Although she was never nominated for directing, each of these films earned Best Supporting Actress nominations for a trio of women. Name at least one.

6. Who made his one and only directing effort with the 1961 Western, “One-Eyed Jacks”?

seven. Which Oscar-winning actor has a surprising secondary career directing female-centric imagery, starting with “Waiting to Exhale” and continuing with “Hope Floats” and “First Daughter”?

8. Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward, the subjects of HBO’s current documentary series “The Last Movie Stars,” directed by Ethan Hawke, have collaborated on several occasions, including for Newman’s 1969 directorial debut, which earned Woodward his second Oscar nomination. what was that?

9. Who has directed the most films, Martin Sheen, his son Emilio Estevez or his other son Charlie Sheen?

ten. Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “The Jungle Book”), now ranked the 13th highest-grossing director in history, got his start as an actor in an improvised role in Tom Selleck’s flop “Folks!” and as an uncredited extra in “Hoffa,” both in 1992. But four years later, he directed his first film, “Swingers,” true or false?


1. “Who passed”

2. “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men”

3. Robert Redford for “The Ordinary People” of the 1980s. Nichols was nominated for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and Beatty was nominated as the lead actor, co-writer, producer and co-director of “Heaven Can Wait.” Fennell won an Oscar for “Promising Young Woman” in 2020, but for best screenplay, not for director.

4. Ron Howard

5. Amy Irving (“Yentl”), Kate Nelligan (“Prince of the Tides”) and Lauren Bacall (“The Mirror Has Two Faces”)

6. Marlon Brando

seven. Whitaker Forest

8. “Rachel, Rachel”

9. Emilio Estevez has directed six feature films, Martin Sheen one and Charlie Sheen none.

ten. Fake. Favreau wrote and co-starred in “Swingers,” but Doug Liman directed. Favreau’s time behind the camera didn’t begin until 2001 with “Made,” where he teamed up with fellow “Swingers” bandmate Vince Vaughn.