My first thought, when I read this prompt: Why not all three? Then I thought: Well, if you do something like that, then you get “The Expendables”, and then, “The Expendables II”. No, I am not going to bash the Expendables now. Aside from its zero-dimensional characters that line up to a one dimensional plot, it’s a nice glorification of 80’s action flicks. and if there’s two things I love it’s 80’s and action flicks. Explosions, gratuitous graphic violence, car chases with really cool cars… who needs characters and a plot, anyway? Too much of that stuff gets in the way of the fun. I digress.
So, every one of those people, the producer, director, and lead performer, have their perks. As the producer, you might as well be the writer, without actually having to write anything. Since you are the one with the production capital, writers send you their hard work, and you can pick anything you like and turn it into a movie. Or you can mix up those scripts and tell the writers to work together on that new script, which combines everything awesome that you’ve read. You are also the director’s boss. You can choose one, sack him, get another, yell at him, sack him again, rehire, yell some more. You da Man! Of course, that also means you have to deal with a lot of incompetence, real or perceived, and that can be very frustrating.
If you’re a director, you also get to be a Div’, if that’s your style. You get to make the performers run around in circles, try their scenes with different lightings while the have to reproduce their actions 100% for every single take, while you sit in your chair, yell at the caterers why they haven’t set up some more coke lines, or where your sandwich is, whatever you like. But, not only do you have to deal with incompetence, but also with the possibility of being sacked by the producer, which that can be very frustrating.
If you’re the lead performer, your life is glamorous. Everybody knows your face, the opposite sex wants to be with you, the same sex wants to be you (sometimes they’ll want to be with you, too, and if you like that, too, that’s o.k.). You don’t need personality, you have money, fame and looks. Sure, being an actor is hard work, and you deal with a lot of incompetence, but if you’ve ever been lead performer in a movie, you will always be in demand, even if or especially when you are reckless in your personal life, because that’s the only way to handle the media attention: if you seek it. If you’re not that kind of person, this can be VERY frustrating.
So, which would I like to be in a movie? That really depends. On what, well, I guess it depends on how I wake up the day I decide to get involved in a movie. I would like to be all three, but not at the same time. But being a writer is good, too, which is the most likely I will ever be…