To save money, famous director goes underground

London Underground
London Underground

Stephen Frears, a two-time Oscar nominee for best director, watches his personal budget by taking London's subway. It's nothing. Really. Because he is older than 60, the 69-year-old British filmmaker rides for free on the Underground with the Freedom Pass. It's easier than taking a car in the central part of town, he told WalletPop.

"I pay taxes all my life and this is the state giving me something in return," said Frears, whose latest film, Tamara Drewe, opens Oct. 8.

Frears has helmed several successful films over the years, including The Grifters, High Fidelity and The Queen. But he draws on his middle-class upbringing to shape his lifestyle.