George Clooney has been a household name for so long, it’s difficult to remember a time when he wasn’t a star. But before ER became a breakout hit, he definitely had his fair share of struggles as an actor. (Anybody remember him in Return of the Killer Tomatoes!?) Prior to ER’s premiere in 1994, he’d also done a lot of TV shows. Sometimes, it was a recurring role on a successful show, like The Facts of Life or Roseanne, but when it came to starring in his own shows, there were some losers in the bunch — neither E/R (similar name, different show) nor Bodies of Evidence made it out of their first seasons alive. Now that he’s being honored with AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, George Clooney Looks Back At His Lean Years (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)
Even though he’s been a superstar for more than two decades, Clooney has a reputation for being one of the nicest, most approachable actors in Hollywood. We can testify to having had several memorable encounters with him ourselves, and we’ve always been struck by how open he is with his fans. He told us it was his early encounter with a big celebrity that made him realize the importance of treating his fans well when they encounter him. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)
AFI’s salute toGeorge Clooney will air on TNT on Thursday, June 21.
Plenty has been said about Batman & Robin, the much-maligned entry in the original Batman franchise that saw George Clooney replacing Val Kilmer (who had replaced Michael Keaton) in the Caped Crusader’s Bat-suit. Oh, and yes, that was the infamous Bat-suit with the nipples. Although the film was poorly received and was the weakest performer in the franchise, Clooney still looks back at it as a turning point in his career, telling The Hollywood Reporter it was the movie that changed his decision-making process when it came to making movies. Clooney told us that, although it was still a box office hit, he found Batman & Robin to be a disappointment on many levels. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)
George Clooney has proven himself as skilled behind the camera as he is in front of it. The six movies he’s directed have gotten primarily positive reviews, and there’s a good buzz on his latest, the dramedy Suburbicon. Given Clooney’s track record in Hollywood as an actor and director, you would think it’d be easy for him to get a project onto the big screen, but he told us it’s actually become more of a challenge for him.
Matt Damon and George Clooney have become frequent collaborators. They’ve worked together on the Oceans films, along with Syriana and The Monuments Men, and they’re back together on Suburbicon. Clooney’s directing the dramedy, about the darkness lurking beneath the surface of a small town in 1959, and Damon told us it was a pleasure to once again work with his friend. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)
Academy Award winner George Clooney’s next movie puts him behind the camera — he’s directed the dark dramedy Suburbicon. The film, set in 1959, is about a seemingly idyllic small town that, in reality, holds plenty of dark, dangerous, and violent secrets. Suburbicon features an all-star cast, led by Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Karimah Westbrook, who have all been getting great reviews for their work on the movie. Clooney told us they were a dream to direct, and they made his job as a director really easy. (Click on the media below to hear George Clooney)