Paul Newman is a Hollywood icon. His breakthrough role came in 1956 as boxer Rocky Graziano in “Somebody Up There Like Me.” By the 1960s, he was already a superstar, landing popular leading roles in the rebellious “Cool Hand Luke” and the Western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
But by the late 1960s, Neman became frustrated with his choice of actor. In a 1969 interview with San Francisco’s KRON TV, Newman says:
“The reason I started directing was that it was very difficult to find scripts to act as an actor. . ‘ Now I will be able to be connected to projects that might not have included me as an actor. .”
At the time, Newman was one of Hollywood’s most successful actors, with a Best Actor Oscar nomination for “Cool Hand Luke.” That didn’t matter to the actor, and Newman moved into the director’s chair the following year. Although his directorial debut was a success, his directing work is strangely underrated when it comes to his legacy.
https://www.slashfilm.com/953558/the-career-frustrations-that-pushed-paul-newman-into-the-directors-chair/ Disappointments in his career pushed Paul Newman into the director’s chair