Sunday, November 16, 2008

Auteur Watch - George Clooney

Man, have I been slacking off! Gotta try to make up for that. But how?
Anyway, I think we all took a deep breath when we heard the news. You didn't hear? A damn dirty earthquake tried to kill him! On the set of his current movie, Men Who Stare At Goats. Damn Soderbergh! Actually, he doesn't seem to be producing this one, but some of the Soderbergh crew is in on this one. Louise Frogley on costume design. Guess George is palling around with Grant Heslov instead. Really? Faisil? Yeah, I know. It was indeed 14 years ago. Damn, I feel old. Grant apparently turned down an offer from Milos Forman to be his new Vincent Schiavelli.
Meanwhile, Clooney's not straying too far from the Coen brothers Sphere of Influence. The Coens are currently filming A Serious Man, which at first might seem like Clooney's got nothing to do with. Until you look a little deeper. For instance, Adam Arkin is in the movie, the Jewish George Clooney. Also, Richard Kind is in the movie, who has strangely close ties with George Clooney. Even he can't figure that one out.
But even earthquakes can't stop this man. He's got a Wes Anderson project coming up. Careful, Georgie! Once you get into Wes's orbit, there's no escape. He's like a Black Hole, sucking people in and never letting them go. Just ask Bill Murray! What else? A remake of The Birds! Just what the world needs! Apparently Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig were originally going to do it, but they bowed out, so the producers got Clooney and Naomi Watts instead. Close enough. Now is it just me, or is the new James Bond a little too busy for his own good? At least when Roger Moore was Bond, he didn't go running off doing all sorts of non-Bond projects while in Broccoli's gainful employment! Except for ffolkes, of course, but that was a passion project, as they say.
...okay, scratch that theory. I didn't know he was Clouseau at one point! That role's almost as re-populated as Bond at this point. I gotta go bed time...

1 comment:

Richard said...

re:A remake of The Birds! Just what the world needs! Apparently Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig were originally going to do it, but they bowed out, so the producers got Clooney and Naomi Watts instead. Close enough.

Never heard that Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig were originally going to do "The Birds". The producers had been chasing after Naomi Watts, and apparently her only, to play the leading role and she asked to read a re-written script before making a decision, and she got it finally. George Clooney was then rumoured to be the male lead, and that was just recently. Clooney may be close enough, but definitely not Watts who is the studio's prerequisite choice for this project right from the beginning.