George Clooney took part in an extensive interview this week for the Bafta Life In Pictures series, in which he discussed topics such as streaming, what makes a movie star and his career decisions.
While discussing a new level of inclusivity helped by the streaming boom, Clooney – who just made a Netflix movie Midnight sky – spoke of the current challenges facing the cinema sector: “I know there is this panic about cinemas because they are not supported by our governments, which is a huge industrial problem. We subsidize the oil companies, we could subsidize theaters for a while. I’m not afraid we’re back, the cinema will still exist, we’re all gonna be back together, you have to go out for some time yet, right?
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He continued, “But here’s what streaming services have done: They’ve democratized themselves and opened up so many different avenues of storytelling for interesting young storytellers. […] Now, between the streaming services, there are thousands upon thousands of acting, job directing, and job creation jobs. The world is open and the world needs content. So I’m really excited to see this flower blossom, with the idea that we’re going to have more and more of this opening. I fully understand the question and I think we are headed in the right direction. I hope, look, I was wrong before, but I think we are going in the right direction.
Last year, leaders of the US Senate and House announced agreement on a massive Covid-19 relief program that includes specific assistance to struggling independent cinemas and venues for live entertainment. The package allocates $ 15 billion to theaters and other cultural institutions, but it is aimed at small and medium-sized theaters and venues with 500 or fewer employees, and those who have lost at least 25% of their income.
Clooney, one of the most recognizable faces in the world of Hollywood, was also invited to discuss what makes a ‘movie star,’ a term that may not be so clearly defined today. hui than it was in the last century.
“I don’t know,” the actor and director said. “I can’t comment on that because I can’t comment on how people perceive or how I am perceived by people. I can comment on movie stars in general. I know a few and I have known great ones. I was really good friends with Gregory Peck, he was a great friend. Newman, there are others that I’m friends with who are movie stars, real movie stars. Brad Pitt is a movie star, Julia Roberts is a movie star.
He continued, “I guess the only thing – I can’t remember who it was,” a government official once said, “you know I can’t give you the definition of porn but I know when. I see him. It’s kind of like that with these stars, there isn’t a specific thing, there is something intangible about them that I see, it’s impossible to describe it’s just … You look at Gary Cooper who is an interesting actor and Bogart and actors like that and you go ‘why are these guys movie stars? He doesn’t look like Cary Grant, but you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Same thing with Spencer Tracey, you couldn’t look away from that guy…. Sandy Bullock is a movie star, and I worked with her and I’ve known her since she wasn’t a movie star when we were both young actors and even then there was something about Sandy that you just knew was going to be a hit.
The high-profile interview covered most of Clooney’s career, including successful collaborations with the Coen brothers, Steven Soderbergh and others. The actor claimed that not having had major success in a film franchise has helped him have a varied career on the big screen and avoid being cast.
“I’ve been lucky in a weird way that as an actor I’ve never had massive success in anything, you know, in a funny way. I have never been – I made an action movie like Peacemaker and it was not a success, if it had been Die hard, which wasn’t, then that’s what I would have been. I would have been the action guy. I did A beautiful day, if I had done romantic comedies and some of them were a huge hit, I would have been the romantic comedy guy, and then I couldn’t have done drama and the other way I wouldn’t have could not do comedy. Because they weren’t, and if you follow my career a lot of things weren’t circuits at all, it allowed me to do and try other things. I have the right to do a comedy or a drama, so I can do something as crazy as O brother, where are you and something as straight as Michael clayton. “
One of his missteps was the Batman and robin movie, Clooney admitted. It was a learning experience, said the A-lister.
“I was killed for doing Batman and robin and I understood for the first time – because quite honestly when I Batman and robin I was just an actor getting an acting job and I was excited to play Batman – what I realized afterward was that I was going to be held responsible for the movie itself, not just for my performance or what I was doing. So I knew I had to focus on better scripts, the script was the most important thing. You can’t make a good film with a bad script, that’s impossible. You can make a bad movie with a good script. “