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The George Clooney Bio

The George Clooney Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Films:

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

(comedy) His variety of befuddled expressions and willingness to go over the help this Coen Brothers' take on "The Odyssey" reach cult status.

Good Night and Good Luck

(drama) A tough choice because Clooney has been in a lot of great dramas (see his list of performances, below). However, this film about Murrow's courage in taking on Joseph McCarthy is an important one, which Clooney also directed.
Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Burn After Reading (a charming spy)
Good Night and Good Luck (Fred Friendly, producer of Edward R. Murrow shows; also directed)
Syriana (Oscar and Golden-Globe winning performance as a CIA operative)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (a CIA hit man who runs Chuck Barris; his directorial debut)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (hilarious escaped con in Coen Brothers' masterpiece)
Out of Sight (escaped con in a Steven Soderbergh film)
One Fine Day (newspaper columnist and dad, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer)
The Good German (an American reporter during WWII)
Three Kings (Major in Iraq in a surprisingly great war film)
Leathernecks (a '20s football player, opposite Renee Zellweger; also directed)
Michael Clayton (a corrupt self-aware lawyer)
Intolerable Cruelty (hilarious as a famous divorce attorney, opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones)
The Perfect Storm
Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Thirteen
Ocean's Twelve
Batman & Robin
The Real George Clooney:
Good Night, and Good Luck

Though he wears the easy-going skin of Danny Ocean all too well, there is a serious, political side to George Clooney that is, well, not even below the surface. In fact, there is talk about Clooney having political ambitions. Like Fred Friendly, there is no question that Clooney has the courage and clout to stand up for what's right and to turn his fame into great things. He has raised money for several causes and spearheaded a $30 million effort for victims of 9/11. He is also a frequent well-prepared nemesis to Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, no doubt bolstered by the spirit of Fred Friendly.
Acting Style:
Charm. If George Clooney had a British accent he could have been James Bond. Instead, he is best known for quite the opposite (though with the same closet) of high-tech gadgets): Danny Ocean, the engineer of incredibly elaborate and precise heists in the series starting with "Ocean's Eleven."

His look is almost old-fashioned in its all-American, classic, matter-of-fact handsomeness, with a perfect resonant voice to match. And, though his smile is literally a multi-million dollar charmer, it is nowhere to be seen in his two finest performances – as pioneering broadcaster Fred Friendly in his own "Good Night and Good Luck" and as a betrayed CIA operative in the Middle East in "Syriana."

Both with his partner, director Steven Soderbergh, and without him, Clooney has racked up an array of dramatic and comedic performances. And the brains you see onscreen are based in reality. Clooney is often actor-director and sometimes writer-actor-director. Plus, like his generation of top performers, he uses his Hollywood muscle to get great films made, which otherwise would never see the light of day.

Though he is the nephew of singer Rosemary Clooney, his trip up the ranks of Hollywood was no easy street. He worked through a series of roles before his big break with "ER." And, with his refusal to get cosmetic surgery or even use make-up, he seems as well-grounded a movie star (hyphen director) as they come.
Bits and Quirks:
The grin! Usually combined with a "smiling eyes" thing accentuated by just the right wrinkles. Wide-eyed boyish innocence. The best flat neutral stare there is. Brilliant nonchalance, both smiling with hands in the pockets and serious, with low-key off-hand remarks. A bobbing head thing.
Great Scenes:
Ocean's 11

> The final scene by the fountain has a beautiful mysterious quality to it
> Tricking Andy Garcia into giving up Julia Roberts
> With Matt Damon, trying to blow up a door with a tool that won't work

Ocean's 12

> With Julia Roberts, the final conversation with the Night Fox about "who's the best."

Ocean's 13

> The end with Brad Pitt in the airport
> Going nose to nose with Al Pacino at the construction site
> Rolling his eyes over Andy Garcia's ego
> "I know all the guys who you'd hire to come after me. They like me better than they like you" showdown with Pacino

One Fine Day

> The taxi ride with Michelle, both on cell phones
> Falling asleep before the big love scene

The Perfect Storm

> Beautifully suspenseful in a tight space leading up to the killer wave
> The killer wave

O Brother Where Art Thou?

> Trying to jump on the train shackled to the two other cons
> Performing on the radio
If you like George Clooney You probably didn't like:
Batman & Robin
The Peacemaker
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