10 Actors Who Found Success as Screenwriters
If you're an actor who's frustrated with what Hollywood gives you, there's always one good backup plan: Write your own stuff! Lately, more and more actors have begun writing scripts on the side, and today's trades had two such stories. What better time for Movieline to look at 10 actors who've managed some notable screenwriting success?
Hunnam may be a screenwriting neophyte, but at least he's been adjacent to writing royalty -- he used to be married to actress Katharine Towne, whose father Robert wrote Chinatown, Shampoo, and The Last Detail. Now, Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Queer as Folk UK) is striking out with his own script Vlad, which will be directed by Anthony Mandler and produced by Brad Pitt. Whether Hunnam will star as the young Dracula remains to be seen.
For years, Hollywood tended to think of Madeleine Stowe (Last of the Mohicans, Blink) as a professional love interest, and that's why she and actor-husband Brian Benben slapped the pseudonym "O.C. Humphrey" on their 2003 script Unbound Captives. The screenplay was a sensation, with Fox offering Stowe millions and a Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe talent package, but Stowe declined when the studio wouldn't cast her as the female lead. Six years later, Stowe is instead gearing up to direct the film, with Rachel Weisz, Hugh Jackman, and Robert Pattinson starring.
You may know Danny Strong as Buffy the Vampire Slayer's hapless Jonathan (or as the Yale Daily News editor on Gilmore Girls), but the frequent TV actor has forged a second career for himself as a screenwriter. Strong scripted Jay Roach's Recount, an HBO film about the 2000 presidential election, and is currently writing The Crusaders for director Gary Ross and star Tobey Maguire.