Actors Who Really Wanted to Direct

Robert Redford: Beneath the golden boy veneer lurked an indie filmmaker: His first directing effort, 1980's Ordinary People, captured four Oscars, including wins for best film and director. He's helmed eight features since then.

Warren Beatty: A notorious perfectionist, he hit his peak in 1981 with the epic Reds, which secured his directing Oscar. But its been 14 years since he last directed (Bulworth); a promised Howard Hughes project remains in development.

Jodie Foster: Her debut, 1991's Little Man Tate, got respectful reviews, but her directing career has met obstacles. A dream project, Flora Plum, repeatedly collapsed, and last year's The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson, whiffed at the box office.

Mel Gibson: He earned his director Oscar for 1995's Braveheart, but his big score came with 2004's The Passion of the Christ, which grossed $612 million worldwide. Personal problems have stalled his career behind (and in front of) the camera.

Clint Eastwood: The gold standard for any actor aiming for the director's chair, he's piloted 32 films, beginning with 1971's Play Misty for Me. Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby cemented his rep by earning him directing Oscars.