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[size=34]George Clooney cuts a dapper figure in a black polo shirt and jeans as he promotes The Tender Bar movie at the London Film Festival[/size]By GABRIELLA FERLITA FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 11:58 EDT, 9 October 2021 | UPDATED: 12:11 EDT, 9 October 2021
George Clooney looked dapper as he headed to Deadline's Contenders Presentation to promote his film The Tender Bar at London Film Festival on Saturday.
The actor, 60, was handsome as ever in a black polo shirt which he paired loose-fitting mid-wash blue jeans and smart light brown shoes as he arrived at the Ham Yard Hotel.
George arrived at the star-studded event alongside the likes of Jamie Dornan, Kristen Dunst and Dakota Johnson.
Heartthrob: George Clooney looked dapper as he headed to Deadline's Contenders Presentation to promote his film The Tender Bar at London Film Festival on Saturday
The silver fox wore his greying locks in a smart crew cut, while he sported sharp facial hair.
The dad-of-two beamed as he was pictured at the coveted event, waving to his doting fans as he made his way onto the red carpet.
Promoting his upcoming film The Tender Bar as part of a lineup celebrating the year's most talked-about movies, the A-lister seemed excited to be at the event.
Beaming: The dad-of-two beamed as he was pictured at the coveted event, waving to his doting fans as he made his way onto the red carpet
Film festival look: The actor teamed his film festival look with a pair of loose-fitting mid-wash blue jeans and smart light brown dress shoes
A-lister: George looked every inch the Hollywood megastar with tinted aviator sunglasses
George directed the movie in which Ben Affleck is set to star in, after both playing Comics' Bruce Wayne/Batman as well as having a long-term friendship.
The Tender Bar was the leading men's second film collaboration after Ben's 2012 directorial effort Argo, which George produced.
The story follows author J. R. Moehringer during his early years in New York City as he searches for his father while growing closer to his uncle and a group of locals at a nearby bar.
Handsome: The silver fox wore his greying locks in a smart crew cut, while he sported sharp facial hair
Close up! Even with his face mask, George still looked handsome from every angle
Fanbase: He was escorted by his security detail and interacted with adoring fans
Development on The Tender Bar began in 2013 with Hidden Figures director Theodore Melfi set to helm the film, before he exited the project.
After several years of difficulties, Amazon Studios acquired the rights to the project in July 2020, with George being confirmed to spearhead the feature in December.
Ben's role was confirmed in February, with much of the rest of the cast being added then in March.
New movie: Promoting his upcoming film The Tender Bar as part of a lineup celebrating the year's most talked-about movies, the A-lister seemed excited to be at the event
Long-term friends: George directed the movie in which Ben Affleck is set to star in, after both playing Comics' Bruce Wayne/Batman as well as having a long-term friendship
The Tender Bar: Principal photography on the upcoming project began earlier this year at various locations in and around Boston
Ben previously collaborated on the 2012 film Argo, on which George served as a producer.
Principal photography on the upcoming project began earlier this year at various locations in and around Boston.
George's eighth directorial feature will stream on January 7 on Amazon Prime Video.
The Long Island-set drama will also hit limited US theaters on December 18.
[size=18]George Clooney and Ben Affleck celebrate filming The Tender Bar
Director: George's eighth directorial feature will stream on January 7 on Amazon Prime Video
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George Clooney On Ben Affleck In ‘The Tender Bar’: “He’s A Wonderful Actor Who Hasn’t Been Given A Lot Of Parts To Show Off” – Contenders London
By Max Goldbart
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- George Clooney On Ben Affleck In ‘The Tender Bar’: “He’s A Wonderful Actor Who Hasn’t Been Given A Lot Of Parts To Show Off” – Contenders London
October 9, 2021 5:49am
George Clooney and Grant HeslovDeadline
George Clooney has described his The Tender Bar lead Ben Affleck as “a really wonderful actor who hasn’t been given a lot of great parts to show that off.”
Making an in-person appearance at today’s Deadline Contenders London alongside his producing partner Grant Heslov, Clooney said Good Will Hunting star Affleck is “coming to the age where you get to grow into certain parts.”
“I’m at the age where you grow out of them but he’s growing into them,” added Clooney.
“This was exactly the right time for Ben and he was the first person we thought of [for the film].”
Clooney went on to joke that “Ben did OK with Batman but has only been named ‘sexiest man alive’ once”, while stating: “I don’t think anyone would argue that of all the batmen I’ve been the best.”
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Heslov added that Affleck is “funnier than most people I know,” citing his comic scenes in Good Will Hunting.
Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan in ‘The Tender Bar’Amazon Studios
Scripted by The Departed Oscar winner William Monahan and based on J.R. Moehringer’s 2005 memoir, The Tender Bar is about the author’s experience looking for a father figure in the patrons of his uncle’s Long Island bar. It also stars Tye Sheridan, Lily Rabe, Christopher Lloyd and newcomer Daniel Ranieri.
Clooney explained the source material reminded him of his own upbringing.
“I related very much to this story” he added. “My dad used to give me 50 cents to buy a bag of cigarettes from the machine in a bar.”
Clooney also heaped praise on Ready Player One star Sheridan, who plays Moehringer as a young man, and especially Daniel Ranieri, a first timer who plays the future author as a child. Clooney had seen a viral video shot by his mother, in which the youth railed about “the fu*king lockdown” from the Covid pandemic that left him housebound. He saw the young man was taping Jimmy Kimmel and called the host, who put Ranieri on the phone to read some lines that convinced Clooney and Heslov the young man could handle the role.
“I worked with a lot of kids on ER and you just want to murder them,” he said. “But we saw Daniel on Jimmy Kimmel and I said to Jimmy ‘Tell him not to take any more jobs’. There’s a seven-page scene in a car with his father and he did it in one take. Ben or I couldn’t do that.”
Amazon Studios opens the coming-of-age drama December 17 in Los Angeles and New York, followed by a national rollout five days later. The film will be available globally for streaming January 7 via Amazon Prime Video.
Check back Monday for the panel video.
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