What They Really Want is to Direct

Top stars such as George Clooney, Nicolas Cage and Denzel Washington are climbing behind the camera

Acting--that must be fun. You get your chance to inhabit a wide range of humanity, from serial killers to detectives who track serial killers. You get your name above the title and your face in Mount Rushmore dimensions on movie screens and billboards. Not to mention the cool accessories: the babes or boy toys, the avid attention the press pays to your every fistfight and drug bust. Acting: it's movie-world glamour!

But if it's movie power you're after, then you really want to direct. For sheer Hollywood eclat, "Tom Hanks in..." can't match "A Film by Tom Hanks." You suddenly bloom...

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