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Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

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Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Post by Katiedot on Fri Jan 06 2012, 10:51

I wonder if he'll ever escape his legacy which is currently as smooth ladies' man who never settled down?

From SC Times

Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Jan. 5, 2012

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — George Clooney has won many honors, including an Oscar. But he doesn’t want to be remember for his collection of awards.

At age 50, and after portraying a character forced to consider his legacy in the film, “The Descendents,” Clooney has been thinking about his own place in history.

“You don’t want to be at one of those events where they’re giving you a lifetime achievement award and the guy gets up and says, ‘He opened 20 films to No. 1!’ That to me is not a legacy,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

“The idea of a legacy is, are you proud of the work you did? Are you proud of what you involved yourself in, in the rest of the world? Did you participate in other people’s triumphs and other people’s tragedies? If you do those things, then it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing movies or cutting tobacco or selling women’s shoes — as long as you participated. That to me is your legacy. That’s all you can do to move society forward — by participating.”

Jerry Weintraub, who produced “Ocean’s Eleven” and its two sequels with Clooney, understands Clooney’s desire to build a legacy beyond his success in the movie industry.

The “Oceans” franchise was Clooney’s biggest box-office success and Weintraub and Clooney and his co-stars applied a chunk of their profits to combat the genocide in Darfur. They formed Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities. Clooney campaigned for the cause internationally, even addressing the Security Council of the U.N.

“I think he cares about other people,” Weintraub said. “I think that will be an important part of his legacy. And I think the films he picks are a huge part of his legacy.”

Few actors or directors have been as successful as Clooney in getting distribution deals for socially significant films. Clooney has addressed issues such as McCarthyism in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and petroleum politics in “Syriana” (for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar).

Clooney said he had to make a conscious decision to make the kind of films he desired after starring in the big-budget “Batman and Robin,” which he admits is a bad movie.

“I had done ‘One Fine Day,’ which is an OK film, and ‘Peacemaker,’ which isn’t a very good film,” Clooney said. “Then (I did) ‘Batman and Robin,’ and that was just my third studio film. So I had no real understanding of the idea that you (as the star) were actually going to be held responsible for the film, not just your work in the film.”

After “Batman and Robin,” he knew he couldn’t have the legacy he desired by doing superhero films.
“I really sat down (and thought) ‘If I’m going to do this, if I’m going to be the guy who green lights and is held responsible, then I really have to focus on better films,’ “ he said.

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Re: Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Post by Dexterdidit on Fri Jan 06 2012, 11:01

I think he will always be remembered as the smooth ladies man and eternal bachelor unless he marries of course. His films will be also remembered but I don't see how they will ignore his lifestyle. Just like if he was married for years he would be the happily married man who made great films....

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Re: Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Post by Katiedot on Fri Jan 06 2012, 11:02

If he made great films then his private life would be secondary to that, but we're still waiting for the whole library of great works to appear.

I still think his future is in directing not acting.

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Re: Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Post by it's me on Fri Jan 06 2012, 11:05

I read such bad news from sud Sudan

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Post by Dexterdidit on Fri Jan 06 2012, 11:07

That is also true Katie. I think he still has some really good movies in him and in time they will come out and his private life could be eclipsed.

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Re: Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Post by blubelle on Fri Jan 06 2012, 17:13

I think he has said he admires Clint Eastwood. IMO Eastwood was a good actor but a better director. I think the same will be true for G.

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Re: Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Post by it's me on Fri Jan 06 2012, 17:29

He is GOOD in everything he does

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Re: Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Post by melbert on Sat Jan 07 2012, 03:24

I have to agree with It's Me. I do believe that his "heart" is in directing now, but I need to see his FACE too!

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Post by Dexterdidit on Sat Jan 07 2012, 05:04

I think he is one of the best looking directors and I hope it is sometime before he stops going in front of the camera too.

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Re: Forget awards and money; George Clooney wants a legacy

Post by it's me on Sat Jan 07 2012, 10:42

well
me too I need to see his FACE !

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