Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Taking a Different Direction; Clooney Stars in and Directs Latest Movie

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Taking a Different Direction; Clooney Stars in and Directs Latest Movie

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SMOULDERING. Sexy. The modern Cary Grant.

George Clooney has been labelled as all these things, and now he can add director to the list of terms used to describe him.

Here he talks about directing Leatherheads, the appeal of old time comedy and working with his co-star Renee Zellweger.

Question: Everyone said you were a breeze to work with and you did two jobs like nobody else.

George Clooney: That's right, because I paid them to say that and I'm wealthy (grinning).

Q: You didn't hate starring in your own movie like Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson?

GC: It is tricky being the star of your own film, but Tom was sort of a supporting actor in that film, That Thing You Do. Mel in Braveheart was certainly the star. It's hard just because you don't have people to bounce it off and it's hard because it requires such an amount of narcissism, ego, I guess we'd call it, that it's embarrassing. It's just tricky. You have to sit down and talk with the actors and have an understanding that it's going to be a little awkward, and then deal with it.

There are times it's embarrassing. When there are 1500 extras in the stands, you are in a uniform covered in mud with a megaphone and you go, okay! You are directing all the extras. You feel like a bit of a schmuck, but still it's pretty funny.

Q: What's your next directing project?

GC: There is a play that we've optioned called Farragut North. It's interesting. It's about campaigns, actually. We optioned it almost a year ago so it's not something we did anticipating all the fireworks that are going on in this campaign.

But it's not about the candidates. It's about the guys who are running the campaign. It's a really interesting play.

We just got the first screenplay and I think I'll probably direct that next. It's a modern-day story. I had to finally do one now. …

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