George Clooney broke into the film industry when he was 17 as an extra in the 1978 TV miniseries ‘Centennial’ filmed in his hometown of Augusta, Kentucky. Clooney played Bobby Hopkins on The Facts of Life and Dr Doug Ross on ER and has starred in hundreds of movies including Batman and Robin, Ocean’s Eleven/Twleve/Thirteen, The Perfect Storm, From Dusk Til Dawn, Michael Clayton, Up In The Air, Syriana for which he won an Academy Award and many many more. Clooney has directed and produced films and won another Oscar for co-producing Argo.
He is a businessman, activist and philanthropist and has been one of the busiest and hardest working guys in showbiz for decades but other than seeing him in Nespresso commercials he has disappeared from the big screen. Clooney reunited with Julia Roberts in 2016 for ‘Money Monster and recently directed Suburbicon starring Matt Damon but it flopped at the box office. The legendary actor addressed the rumors about his decision to take a step back from acting during an interview with ‘The Sunday Times.’
George Clooney revealed that he has no plans to take on a new role anytime soon because acting is no longer a priority for him. He said “Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore. I shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl.” Is Clooney making way for a younger generation of actors? Does he want to spend more time with his wife Amal and their five-month-old twins born on June 6, 2017? Those are valid reasons but they’re not exactly why he is taking an acting break. He explained, “But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in ‘The Verdict,’ I’d jump. But there aren’t that many like that. Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion f—–g dollars. I don’t need money.”
He has a point! lol Clooney and his business partners sold their tequila company, Casamigos, for $1 billion in June. Clearly Clooney doesn’t need the money so he’s been working behind the camera and creating content that other directors and producers wouldn’t touch. He said “I have money, so I can fight to make movies I want to make. If you look at what I’ve been in over the past 15 years, for the most part they weren’t going to get made if I didn’t do them. Nobody was going to make ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ ‘Michael Clayton’ or ‘Up in the Air,’ and I fought to get those out there.” He admitted that if he needed funding to get a film he was passionate about made. He would go to great lengths to raise the funds. Does George have aspirations to run for office considering his father ran for congress years ago, Clooney replied, “I don’t have political aspirations.” “I have always been involved in politics.
My father ran for Congress. It’s been in our family for ever. But, mostly, I can help in ways I actually know very well, like messaging [voters]” I hope George enjoys his break but hopefully one day the right script will come his way that will inspire him to act and return to the silver screen. Would you like to see Clooney return soon?