Tuesday, September 20, 2005

George Clooney on "Good Night. And Good Luck."

George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr. and David Strathairn in Warner Independent Pictures' Good Night, And Good Luck. - Premiers October 7th 2005
[I can't wait! ]

From Salon.com: http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/2005/09/16/george_clooney/index.html

"It's an inspiring portrait, but, you know, Murrow did pay a price. You never romanticize Paley too much, which seems key, because while he granted him a lot of freedom, there were still consequences for Murrow in going after McCarthy, which are, of course, very real today. "

CLOONEY: There were consequences while he was doing it too. He was going to do the Liberace interviews. When he first started doing "Person to Person" he thought he was going to be interviewing Oppenheimer and Eisenhower and Einstein, which he did, but he also ended up doing, you know, "At home with ..." And he was friends with the people, so they'd all like to do it. But, you know, I watched ones with Dean Martin ... and you watch them and they're fine, they're great. But he hated them, hated them, but that paid him money. And he liked that, and it gave him the ability to keep "See It Now" on the air.

Still, you know, everybody understands that today. I'll do a commercial film so I can do two or three "Syrianas" and "Good Night, and Good Lucks." It's part of the tradeoff. And the idea that reporters are not doing their job is not necessarily the truth. The truth is, every one of those guys, for the most, during a presidential press conference, wants to say, "Hold on a minute, let me ask you this." But if they do, they get put in the back of the room and they don't get access anymore, or you're Maureen Dowd and you get your credentials pulled. Then you lose access. And they don't want to lose access -- and not the reporters as much as the companies they work for, the magazines and the television shows they work for. So there's complications, you know, to all of this. I am completely optimistic, but it certainly is a cautionary tale of all of our history, all of it, as we know, and you and I have heard this a thousand times, but it's true, we're doomed to repeat it if we don't constantly and diligently go back and sort of recalibrate and start over and go, "Let's get back to the basics again."

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