Choosing the right role is difficult for any actor, even megastar George Clooney, as evidenced by a recent dilemma Clooney faced after reading a political thriller spec from Tony Gilroy.
“It was a great piece of material,” said the 47-year-old star of such films as Syriana and Michael Clayton. “I just don’t know if it’s preachy enough. I want to make people change their minds about something because I know what’s good for them, and I don’t know if this script does that.”
Off camera, Clooney is known as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, an affable leading man harkening back to the Golden Era of moviemaking. When it comes to his movies, however, the star is militant about his material.
“Oh I’ll do the occasional popcorn movie like Ocean’s or whatever,” he said. “But important films are important too. This script Tony [Gilroy] sent me is gripping and all, but where’s the controversy? Where’s the subversion? No, no, no, this won’t do. I’d rather do Ocean’s 14, to be honest.”
Clooney is reportedly working on a script about Venezuelan-American relations with first time scribe and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.