Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'd like My Films to Stand the Test of Time ; George Clooney's New Film the Monuments Men Is a True Story of Art Experts Risking Their Lives to Rescue Europe's Treasures from Hitler. MARION MCMULLEN Talks War Movies, and His Legacy with Hollywood's Leading Man

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'd like My Films to Stand the Test of Time ; George Clooney's New Film the Monuments Men Is a True Story of Art Experts Risking Their Lives to Rescue Europe's Treasures from Hitler. MARION MCMULLEN Talks War Movies, and His Legacy with Hollywood's Leading Man

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Why did you want to make this movie? CO-PRODUCER and co-writer Grant [Heslov] and I make a lot of cynical films, that's kind of what we like doing. But we thought, what if we did one that just wasn't so mean-spirited? It would be nice to not have to live in a really rotten world all the time! [Laughs] And we thought this was a fun one to do.

Were there any other World War II movies you had in mind as a starting point? YEAH, but the funny thing was when we started laying out an outline - you know, all Post-It notes on the wall and that kind of thing - we were basing it on our memory of those war films. But then we actually went and bought 30 or so and discovered that for the most part, they don't really hold up now. There are exceptions - Bridge Over The River Kwai still works on every level - and you can appreciate elements of others: the storytelling in The Great Escape, the cinematography in The Longest Day or A Bridge Too Far, but in general what we ended up making was what we remembered those movies to be, rather than what they really are.

Did the bigger budget mean bigger pressure? IT'S the biggest movie we've ever done by far. We did Good Night And Good Luck for under seven million dollars and the pressures are always there. They just get louder the more expensive you get. But you should have heard the conversations about Gravity a year ago when we were doing our first set of reshoots.

"This is an 80 million dollar art film!" But now I think they're happy. So we get the pressure. We understand what's going on. And we acted very responsibly with the money.

How did Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville sign up for the movie? CATE, I called. Matt, we just sent it to, and Bill's a pal too. John, we were at the Argo party and said: "We're going to send you this script. …

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