It’s easy to become attached to your costars in Hollywood – especially when they’re not human. These creative directors know that having a little help from their furry or feathered friends makes all the difference in the world when it comes to creating their masterpieces.
Peter Capaldi is a Scottish actor, director, writer and musician best known for his role as the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who (2013–2017). He also played Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It (2005–2012) which earned Peter four British Academy Television Award nominations, winning Best Male Comedy Performance in 2010. The role of Malcom Tucker was brought back for the British film In the Loop (2009).
Christopher Nolan CBE is a British-American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is widely regarded as one of the top directors in North American and the world. His films have grossed over $5.7 billion USD worldwide.
Ryan Coogler is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. His made his feature-length debut in 2013 with the independent film Fruitvale Station. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S.
Kevin Smith is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, YouTuber, and podcaster. His first low-budget film Clerks (1994) become a cult classic which starred his characters Jay and Silent Bob. The success of the roles led to films Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Clerks II (2006), Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019), and Clerks III (2022).
Donnie Yen is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, and action director. He is widely regarded as one of Hong Kong’s top action stars and one of the highest-paid actors in Asia. Donnie is one of the few martial artists that has broken out of Hong Kong cinema to work Internationally around the world.
Wu Jing is a Chinese actor, director and martial artist best known for his roles in martial arts films. His most popular films include Tai Chi Boxer, Fatal Contact, the Sha Po Lang films, and as Leng Feng in Wolf Warrior, its sequel Wolf Warrior 2, and The Battle at Lake Changjin. Forbes has listed Wu Jing in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list twice in 2019 and 2020.
Werner Herzog is a German film director, screenwriter, author, actor, and opera director. Highly regarded as a pioneer of New German Cinema, Werner Herzog is known his unique filmmaking process which disregards traditional workflows like storyboards with an emphasis on improvisation. In 2009, he was listed in Time’s 100 most influential people.
Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor, writer, and director. He was included in the Time 100 list of World’s Most Influential People in 2010 and winner of numerous awards. His work in co-creating the British television sitcom The Office (2001–2003) became one of the most successful productions in the world.
Martin Scorsese is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. He is the recipient of many awards including an Academy Award, three Primetime Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, four British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Directors Guild of America Awards. He has directed such iconic films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Michael Showalter is an American comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer. He gained popularity as as cast member on MTV’s The State (1993-1995). After the series, Michael Showalter and David Wain created the Wet Hot American Summer franchise which created two movies, and a Netflix series.