I have not yet used this guy as hero inspiration and I wonder why. To my mind he has it all. Determined bacherlorhood, charm, wit, dark good looks, square jaw, salt and pepper hair (yum!). Perhaps I'll find the answer somewhere here...
His first significant break was a semi-regular supporting role in the sitcom Roseanne, playing Roseanne Barr's overbearing boss Booker Brooks. Do any of you remember Booker? My mum and I watched Roseanne religiouslu just to get an occasional eyeful of the guy. The season he spent wooing Roseanne's sister Jackie was fantabulous.
And then came a little show called ER. Dr Doug Ross. Paedeatrician and lady's man. Could there be a better combo? This role made him a star, and set in motion the kind of character he would forever play. Damaged, romantic, clever.
His first major Hollywood movie role was in From Dusk TiI Dawn. I loooved this movie even though most people were a tad freaked out by the sudden chan ge of genre mid fil. I adored it. And him ;) He followed with One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer and The Peacemaker with Nicole Kidman, the latter being the initial feature length release from Dreamworks SKG studio. Our George made a bit of a backwards step in turning up in a terribly camp version of Batman, a role he regerets. In 1998, he starred in Out of Sight, opposite Jennifer Lopez which began a lovely and lon-running collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh.
Which brings us to Ocean's Eleven. This character is how I imagine George to be in real life. Gorgeous, illusive, sharp, wily, a little bit lonely, a little bit of a romantic, and able to charm the pants of just about anyone hit please him to.
In his next phase we began to get to know George the politically aware and not afriad to say so. He made his directorial with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, an adaptation of the autobiography of TV producer Chuck Barris. George then starred in Syriana, and directed, produced, and starred in Good Night, and Good Luck, a film about 1950s television journalist Edward R. Murrow's famous war of words with Senator McCarthy. He was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Syriana. He became the first person in Oscar history to be nominated for directing one movie and acting in another in the same year. He won his first Oscar for Syriana.
More fun facts about George:
- George Clooney spent most of his "struggling actor" years riding to auditions on a bicycle.
- He owns a villa in Lake Como (jealous moi???)
- He had a 300 pound Vietnamese black bristled, potbellied pig, named Max
- He has only been married once, to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993. He says he will never get married again, nor have any children, but Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman both bet $10,000 each that he would be a father before he turned 40. They were both wrong, and each sent him a check. He returned the money, betting double or nothing that he won't have kids by age 50.
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