George Clooney participated in an extensive interview for the Bafta Life In Pictures series this week, discussing topics such as streaming, the characteristics of a movie star, and his career choices.
Clooney, who just made a Netflix movie, is discussing a new level of inclusivity supported by the streaming boom The midnight sky – touched on the current challenges for the cinema sector: “I know that cinemas panic because they are not run by our governments, which is a big problem for the industry. We subsidize oil companies, we could subsidize the cinemas for a period of time. I’m not worried we’re back, the cinema will always exist, we’ll all be together again, you have to go out for a while, don’t you? “
George Clooney directed The Midnight Sky on its way to becoming one of Netflix’s most watched films
He continued, “But this is what streaming services have done: They have democratized and opened up so many different storytelling opportunities for young, interesting storytellers. […] Now there are thousands upon thousands of acting, directing and producing jobs among streaming services. The world is open and the world needs content. I’m really excited when I see this bloom, with the idea that we’re going to get more and more of this opening. I fully understand the question and I think we are going in the right direction. I hope I was wrong before that, but I think we are going in the right direction. “
The heads of state and government of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives announced last year an agreement on a massive aid package for Covid-19 that includes specific aid for struggling independent cinemas and live entertainment venues. The package provides $ 15 billion for theaters and other cultural institutions. However, it is aimed at small and medium-sized theaters and venues with 500 employees or less, as well as those who have lost at least 25% sales.
Clooney, one of Hollywood’s most iconic faces, was also asked to discuss what constitutes a “movie star”, a term that may not be as clearly defined today as it was in the last century.
“I don’t know,” said the actor and director. “I can’t comment on that because I can’t comment on how people perceive me or how I am perceived by people. I can comment on movie stars in general. I know some of them and I’ve known some great ones. I was really good friends with Gregory Peck, he was a big one. Newman, there are a few others I’m friends with who are movie stars, real movie stars. Brad Pitt is a movie star, Julia Roberts is a movie star. “
He went on, “I suppose the only thing – I don’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 it. It’s like that with these stars, there’s no specific thing, there’s something immaterial about them that I see, that can’t be described, it’s just … You see Gary Cooper, who is an interesting actor, and Bogart and such actors 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 goes for Spencer Tracey, you couldn’t lose sight of this guy … Sandy Bullock is a movie star and I worked with her and knew her because she wasn’t a movie star when we were both young actors and even then there was something about Sandy that you only knew was going to be a hit. “
The extensive interview covered most of Clooney’s career, including successful collaborations with the Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, and others. The actor claimed that it helped him to have a varied career on the big screen and not get typed if he didn’t have huge success in the movie franchise.
“I was strangely lucky that I was never massively successful as an actor in a funny way. I’ve never been – I made an action film like Peacemaker and it wasn’t a hit if it had been Die Hardwhat it wasn’t, then it would have been me. I would have been the action type. I did One fine dayIf I had done romantic comedies and one of them had been a huge hit, I would have been the romantic comedy type and then I couldn’t have done drama and the other way I couldn’t have done comedy. Because they weren’t and when you go through my career a lot of things weren’t home runs at all, then I get to do other things and try them out. I get to do a comedy or a drama so I can do something as crazy as Oh brother where are you and something as straight as Michael Clayton. ”
One of his missteps was the widespread one Batman & Robin Movie, Clooney admitted. It was a learning experience, said the A-Lister.
“I was killed for it Batman & Robin and I understood for the first time – because quite honestly when I got Batman & Robin I was just an actor getting an acting job, and I was thrilled to play Batman – what I realized afterwards was that I was going to be held responsible for the film 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 out of a bad script, that’s impossible. A good script can be turned into a bad film. “