The Best Directorial Debuts by Famous Actors


Vincent Gallo — Buffalo ’66

Before Vincent Gallo publicly proclaimed he would no longer share his movies with us and alienated audiences by having oral sex with Chloë Sevigny on film, he gifted us with Buffalo ’66. Gallo also wrote the film, created original songs for the soundtrack, and starred in it. Before Roger Ebert’s damning review of Gallo’s The Brown Bunny, he delighted in Buffalo’s “astonishing” performances, Gallo’s ability to “work steadily and well in challenging and original films,” and the actor-director’s unconventional approach. The 1998 movie was the first to establish Gallo as a powerhouse talent, willing to plumb the depths of his own pain for lowly serfs like us.