Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Good Chance of Winning Top Awards

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Good Chance of Winning Top Awards

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George Clooney has two films coming out, Good Night, And Good Luck opening today and Syriana, which opens on Friday, March 3

George Clooney could so easily have eased himself into the life of a Hollywood playboy. If anyone has it all, it's this handsome and charming 44-year-old, from Kentucky.

But instead gorgeous George has let his acting and producing career take a more serious turn, throwing his considerable Hollywood clout behind a pair of provocative political films ( with a string of award nominations as his reward.

He co-wrote and directed his labour of love, Good Night, And Good Luck, a drama about the bitter conflict between respected broadcaster, Edward R Murrow and right-wing Senator Joe McCarthy, during the Cold War 1950s.

He follows this by playing an overweight and depressed CIA agent in the political thriller, Syriana, which examines corruption in the oil industry and abuses of power in Washington's war on terror.

Neither is popcorn entertainment, but both are winning the star a lot of admiration in liberal America.

"Good Night, And Good Luck is, in many ways, a historical reference that people can draw contemporary parallels to," he says. "Syriana, is a fictional piece that people can draw parallels to, but whose characters remind us of a lot of things that do exist."

The time felt right to tackle these subjects, George says. "The truth is you can only get a certain amount of time where you can go to Warner Bros. and say, Guys, we're going to make a film about oil corruption.

"I'm in a position to do things I want to do and you're not going to be in that position for very long."

George has enjoyed that kind of clout in Hollywood since turning himself into an A-list box office star with hits such as Three Kings and the Ocean's Eleven franchise.

But there's also a serious side to George Clooney that has earned him tremendous respect within the industry ( not that he has anything against being an entertainer.

"I'm not a snob, I like entertaining films as well," he maintains. "But when you do a film like Good Night, And Good Luck that gets you in a bit of trouble, it's fun to open up a debate. …

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