That's a useful skill to have. How's Chelsom's reel looking so far? Regular cinemagoers will be familiar with Chelsom's work. Flitting between dramatic projects ('The Mighty') and more light-footed fare ('Shall We Dance?'), he's demonstrated a knack for uplifting work.
Speaking of which, his most recent film - 'The Space Between Us' - offered a space-faring spin on teen romance.
With a cast including Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, and Gary Oldman, it's clear Chelsom enjoys bringing rising and established talent together.
He's also keen to harness British star power wherever possible, directing Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike in 'Hector and the Search for Happiness'.
Clearly a fine talent wrangler. How does he view his Hollywood career? He admits there have been ups and downs: "Without sounding too dramatic, something had died in me because of the nonsense and pressure of making movies in Hollywood."
It's an honest appraisal, but Chelsom believes such introspection has encouraged him to pursue more satisfying projects: "My films were becoming too normal and I like to think I'm stranger than that."