Besides spending time with his wife, Amal Clooney, as well as their 3-year-old twins, and documenting his new movie”The Midnight Sky,” he has relied on, such as others, a text series with pals and Zoom. He just got one off with Matt Damon and John Krasinski.
“In certain ways, we maintain more in touch today than we did earlier,” says Clooney, talking by telephone from London.
A thickly bearded Clooney plays with an astronomer with terminal cancer residing in the Barbeau Observatory at the Arctic Circle. It is 2049. When cataclysm covers the planet, he — along with a youthful, unspeaking woman (Caoilinn Springall) — is possibly all that remains, alongside the returning team of a space trip into some Jupiter moon.
Answers have been edited for clarity and length.
AP: You stopped shooting”The Midnight Sky” in February before the pandemic started.
Clooney: I am kind of doing exactly what everybody’s doing. Mostly I only wish I had been able to view my mother and daddy, and that sort of thing. They are social animals and it is not quite as much fun if they can not be outside with their older pals.
AP: It has been decades since you had been the cause of a movie. Why?
Clooney: Things alter for you as a celebrity. The functions that are attracted to you become quite distinct. I was doing a meeting the other day and they inquired if that was how my career will be moving, playing with more character actor roles. I was like, well, I did not wish to. (Laughs) But I am nearly 60 years old. That is how it works. I concentrate on celebrities that I admired greatly and the way they managed their livelihood. (Paul) Newman, that had been an excellent friend of mine by the time that he had been in his mid-’50s, is doing”The Verdict,” which is a character-actor piece. Though he had been a giant film star, among greats of all time he had been growing because he grew old the character-actor bits he found intriguing, that demanded of him.
Clooney: I just saw the other day. I had not seen it in forever. That is a very underrated film. But there are just a few ways that you can go if you are an individual in my sneakers. You may attempt to deny your aging. It is possible to dye your hair and get a facelift and attempt to be the man who gets the girl in the films. Or you may accept that you are getting older and be the man. The reason why I got into writing and directing and producing 35 decades back was that I knew at some stage I don’t wish to worry about what a few casting managers think of me I used to mention 60 but I will move it to 65 now.
AP: You have always looked especially mindful of being a part of a Hollywood continuum. Your Los Angeles home belonged to Clark Gable.
Clooney: After I moved to Hollywood, I went and dwelt with my Aunt Rosemary (a leading singer in the’50s) for approximately six months before she kicked me out. Then I had been living on the ground of an apartment for a few years. However, the fact was she had been a part of the continuum. She would have folks over to the home. And I must spend some time around that type of world. I drove Rosemary when she had been performing a series called”4 Women 4.” I had a comprehension of the continuum from the amusement market. Most of us stand on the shoulders of those men and women who did it superbly. I must become friends with Gregory Peck and goes over to his home for supper with (Peck’s spouse ) Veronique. One of the most memorable nights that I ever had was sitting listening to them speak about”Roman Holiday.” It is a wonderful thing when celebrities were giants.
AP: You said you’re”ashamed” as a native Kentuckian when fees were not pursued at the passing of Breonna Taylor.
Clooney: The split is so different today. I do blame how we get our advice. It started when Fox News came and said: We are going to offer you another variant of fact. When I grew up in Kentucky as a Democrat, which was not a particularly common item. However, you were not demonized by it. It is exactly what it was. As you are all starting from precisely the same fact base. NBC, ABC, and CBS are giving you essentially the same information and you take into your political persuasion, digest it, and produce your view. Now the web has made it a million times worse.
AP: One thing that I think people missed because Tom Cruise’s on-set music was the panic in his voice to the future of this business. Are you concerned about what Hollywood may look like following the pandemic?
My concern is simply especially from the theaters themselves since they are going to need to tread water for at least two weeks until individuals are in anyway comfy enough to go in large groups. They’re part of our market. People must escape home. It is like music places for concerts. We subsidize oil firms, we could subsidize theatres. That being said, after we get it through, this seems so much like what we heard when tv and VHS and DVDs arrived. I don’t have any fear whatsoever the theater world will be around.
Clooney: That which I consistently saw in this exactly what the notion about what sorrow can do to you. I thought what he is dying of isn’t cancer but sorrow. It is killing him. I understand individuals who are old — older than me– who reside with real sorrow. It is deep in them. When you get old, it is cancer. You hope you do not have those which last a lifetime.
AP: Has operating alongside Amal, while she is in another room waging humanitarian conflicts, changed your way to moviemaking in any way?
Clooney: For the past 15-20 decades, I have spent half of my entire day working on matters aside from the film industry because I have an interest in different issues around the planet. However, there are several humorous moments. I’ve got an office and she’s an office and they are sort of up against every other. Another day, I had been doing the Howard Stern Show. We are speaking about, for example, a prank pooping at a cat box. She can listen to me and I will hear her. We go to dinner then and say what an insane household we reside in.
AP: You have brought renewed focus on the Flowbee by stating you use it to cut your hair. Can there be some other novelty apparatus you want to plug?
Clooney: Here is what I believe we ought to do. I will go buy some stock in that, then you and I shall split the profits.