George Clooney on ‘The Midnight Sky’ and Donald Trump
You can, but the rules have changed for me. I had a run there with three films in a row that were Out of Sight, Three Kings, and O Brother, where are you. If any of these scripts came to me with a role that I could play, I would, but these scripts are rare. I’m not bored with acting, I’m more concerned about the idea that I know exactly how careers go because I’ve seen it: my aunt Rosemary was a great singer and then she wasn’t. Things change, I know that. I’m not interested in quitting, but you need to reconsider what you’re good at.
Have you considered working with some newer directors rather than established ones?
I’ve seen a few movies where I said, “Oh, this is really interesting, smart filmmaking,” but you also have to get to know the directors a bit. I need to know that they love what they do and don’t do [jerks].
Because you’ve had this experience before?
Well, I’ve had this experience a couple of times and had to say, “Life is too short.” We can do something that most of the people I know would love to make a living, so celebrate this. I remember a young man hearing movie stars about how difficult their life was and I made a living from tobacco! I said, “I want you to tell me how great it is.” I want to work with people who love what they do.
Paul Newman always said, “Yeah, it’s fun!” We became friends in the last few years of his life and it really felt like he just loved what he did for a living. He was friends with Gregory Peck and they were never let down in real life as to who they were as movie stars.
I don’t want people who scream and scream and are mad at the world. Once I was at a director’s round table with a director and said, “I’m dismantling actors. I do 40 takes until they run out of things. “I looked at him as an actor and was like,” Man, I’ll never work with you. “
Joel Schumacher passed away at the beginning of this year. He staged you in “Batman & Robin”. What’s the best story you can tell about him from this set?