George Clooney on why 'The Midnight Sky' is his first film in 4 years and how Amal and the twins reacted to his scraggly beard
The new science fiction drama The Midnight Sky is George Clooney's first film in four years - since Money Monster 2016 - but it's not like the famous actor-director wasn't busy.
He starred and directed Hulu's miniseries Catch-22 a year ago, but the indefatigable actor now has a family to be with, in addition to his ongoing humanitarian efforts with the Clooney Foundation for Justice with which he is dating founded by Mrs. Amal Clooney.
"I've been working on other things - Amal and I have a foundation to work on. We're trying to hunt down war criminals and the like," Clooney told Yahoo Entertainment at a recent virtual press event for The Midnight Sky that he also directed (see above). “I have twins too, honestly. I spent a lot of time with them. "[Clooney's twins Ella and Alexander were born in 2017.]
“And it takes a while to get things done. I worked, but I didn't play that much, ”he continues. "But that was a really good part for me too."
In the post-apocalyptic film, Clooney appears as a scientist at the Arctic Circle who is desperate to warn returning astronauts that a catastrophic event has made the earth uninhabitable.
George Clooney in the midnight sky. (Photo: Netflix)
Being a family man now means 59-year-old Clooney has to take into account the opinions of his wife and children, like when it comes to the shaggy white beard he grew over four months for the role.
"My wife was really, really ready for it," he says. “My daughter was ready for it. My son loved it. Because he would hide things in it, like a toy car. I would literally go to work [pulling things out of my beard]. Like a popsicle in my beard. "
His co-stars weren't exactly fans. "It was horrible," says Kyle Chandler as Felicity Jones easily sneaked out that Clooney held up the beard in the production's makeup trailer after he shaved it.
Clooney has long been socially and politically active, so the thriller's environmental warning comes as little surprise. But it's also a story that in the age of the coronavirus has become more prescient as a lone survivor - until he meets a young stowaway (Caoilinn Springall) - who relies on technology to try to communicate with the spaceship, possibly the Fate of humanity at stake.
"When we introduced it to Netflix, I said it was about this division, this hatred and this anger that we see around the world," says Clooney. “And how we could kill ourselves on the way.
“We finished filming in February and then COVID came and we were all switched off and couldn't communicate and be close to each other. And so it became really clear bit by bit and we focused on that while editing. It really is a story about our inability to be at home and be close to people and communicate, and suddenly this became the part we leaned into about the story. "
The Midnight Sky premieres on Netflix on Wednesday December 23rd.
Watch Clooney talk about his hopes for President-elect Joe Biden:
George Clooney looks back on the "lazy" year 2020 and expects a Biden presidency
George Clooney's new film "The Midnight Sky" shows a barren planet that is suffering from the consequences of a mysterious catastrophe. Given the events of 2020, it seems forward-looking to say the least. "2020 has been a pretty lazy year," Clooney recently told Yahoo Entertainment, noting Kobe Bryant's death and the unrest that resulted from the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. However, he believes a Biden presidency could be the light at the end of the tunnel. "I'm delighted to have someone in charge of our government who doesn't call the press an enemy of the people," he said, pointing to President Trump's contempt for the media. "I think Joe Biden is the right man."
- Videos produced by Jon San and edited by John Santo
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