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George Clooney Keeps A Photo Of Himself As Batman 'As Cautionary Reminder Of What Happens When You Make Movies For Commercial Reasons'

Post by Katiedot on Wed Sep 04 2013, 11:51

This is what I love about George: he keeps a sense of perspective and rather than burying his failures and pretending they didn't happen, he keeps them right in front of him.

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George Clooney Keeps A Photo Of Himself As Batman 'As Cautionary Reminder Of What Happens When You Make Movies For Commercial Reasons'

Melia Robinson,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sixteen years later, George Clooney still regrets suiting up as the Caped Crusader.

In an exclusive interview with Deadline, the Academy Award winning actor and producer revealed that he kept a photo of himself as Batman "prominently displayed on his office wall, as a cautionary reminder of what can happen when you make movies solely for commercial reasons."

Around the time he signed onto "Batman & Robin," Clooney was still best known as the original McSteamy on the NBC drama, "E/R."

The big-budget action flick, co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone, was going to be his big break.

"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn’t believe it!" Clooney told Total Film Magazine.

"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie."

He thought wrong.

"Batman & Robin" was considered a commercial drain when it hit theaters in 1997 — earning a domestic lifetime gross of $107 million on a production budget of $125 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The Joel Schumacher-directed film earned a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 11 Razzie Awards nominations, including Worst Picture.

It threatened to derail the entire franchise.

The next Batman movie was Christopher Nolan's saving-grace reboot "Batman Begins," in 2005.

"With hindsight it’s easy to look back at this and go, 'Woah, that was really s--- and I was really bad in it,'" Clooney said. "It was a difficult film to be good in."

He quickly realized that he needed to steer clear of flashy movies that are "wastes of money."

"At that point I realized I'd better start picking better. My next three movies were 'Out Of Sight,' 'Three Kings and O Brother,' 'Where Art Thou?'" Clooney said, according to Digital Spy. "It was, 'OK, at last I understand now what I want to do.'"

Clooney's time in Gotham City continues to influence his work. The actor prides himself on fighting for provocative movies under increasing pressure from distribution companies to churn out tent-pole films.

Daniel Dan LoebLast month, he slammed hedge fund honcho Dan Loeb, who controls 7% of Sony Pictures stock, for encouraging the company's chiefs to spin off its entertainment assets, citing recent box office failures.

The actor argued that by evaluating Sony Pictures based on its revenue and not the quality of its content, Loeb makes it nearly impossible to produce meaningful but risky pictures, like Clooney's Oscar-winning "Argo" or his current time-period project, "The Monuments Men."

In "Argo," the studio's leap of faith paid off. It grossed $232 million worldwide on a production budget of $44 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

"The Monuments Men" is equally promising as an untold story of World War II. Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman star as a crew of art historians and museum curators on a mission to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis, before Hitler destroys them. Written and directed by Clooney, it arrives in theaters December 2013.

The dramedy is a far cry from the campy action-adventure "Batman & Robin."

Clearly, Clooney let his conscience — and a photo of him as the Bat — be his guide.

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Post by it's me on Wed Sep 04 2013, 11:59

Funny to read Very Happy
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Post by silly girl on Wed Sep 04 2013, 12:44

It is funny thanks....I saw this being tweeted all last night and thought it was just the same article about Loeb....thanks for posting...

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Post by What Would He Say on Wed Sep 04 2013, 12:49

distribution companies to churn out tent-pole films.



I really don't know what "tent pole" is...I kind of assume it to be bad....but I don't know.  Can anyone enlighten me please ?

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Post by melbert on Wed Sep 04 2013, 13:16

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I know that we have discussed this on another thread, but I have to head to work and don't have time to look for it now. Sorry...

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Post by fluffy on Wed Sep 04 2013, 13:56

What WHS - tent pole as I remember was that it's what holds everything up, a good solid tructure meaning it should do well and maybe more financially. Without a tent pole, everthing sags! Know the feeling well!!! Georgie must be a very erect tent pole huh??!!!!
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Post by it's me on Wed Sep 04 2013, 14:02

Fluffy !

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Post by GiGi on Wed Sep 04 2013, 17:03

Batman films are family films--reaching larger audience. Then there is a handsome hero hotness to pull-off and embrace.The press is enormous. The pay is huge which enables any actor to live comfortable and broadens the ability to be choose future films carefully, fulfilling personal wants ect.
Cautionary tale? I do not believe that for one moment. That would indicate regret. It doesn't add up. Batman was a step in his journey.
If it is actual regret, then that could explain his picked fingers. It maybe a control issue. George needs to let go and embrace the journey- good, bad, and ugly. Everything has a purpose. Surrender.Give Flowers2

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Post by Katiedot on Wed Sep 04 2013, 19:53

And here is that picture on the wall behind George:  

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Post by Nicky80 on Wed Sep 04 2013, 20:02

Ah nice picture. I was already wondering what kind of Batman pic he has. Now we know. Thanks Katiedot

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Post by GiGi on Wed Sep 04 2013, 20:28

I was aware of that exact photo. My thinking is just an adjustment on how to view the movie choice could bring comfort rather than embarrasment.

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Post by it's me on Wed Sep 04 2013, 21:14

Yep
Surrender!

Fab pic
Thanks!

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Post by GiGi on Wed Sep 04 2013, 21:26

Gosh I hope George doesn't have a photo of his ex wife hanging in his bedroom as a cautionary tale, too. pale 
Or, anything else he perceives as a failure. I hope his walls aren't too crowded.

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Post by it's me on Wed Sep 04 2013, 21:30

Nah!

Hope only happy pics!!!

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Post by GiGi on Wed Sep 04 2013, 21:33

Ahhh, the way it should be.
Proud and happy. Good.Very Happy 

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Post by it's me on Wed Sep 04 2013, 21:37

Yes
Surrender!

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Post by What Would He Say on Wed Sep 04 2013, 23:50

melbert wrote:[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I know that we have discussed this on another thread, but I have to head to work and don't have time to look for it now.  Sorry...

Thanks Mel.....that was bugging me, felt a bit stupid....Embarassed 

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