It’s not often that you get to say you spent 20 minutes basking in the awesomeness that is George Clooney. I mean, hello! He’s the original McDreamy! Thanks to being able to attend the #TomorrowlandEvent last week though, I can say exactly that! I even managed to squeak out a question that wasn’t completely horrible!
How this came about is all thanks to being invited to attend a press junket to interview a few cast members and the minds behind the new Disney family movie Tomorrowland. I can honestly say that it was like being in a dream. I mean come on, it’s George Clooney. Okay, now that we have that out of our system, let’s move on to why I was in a room with him. Disney’s new retro-futuristic movie, Tomorrowland, will be coming to theaters on May 22nd. I’m sure you’ve seen all my posts leading up to this, but if you haven’t you can simply type “Tomorrowland” into my search bar (top right sidebar) and it will pull up all the posts. You’ll want to keep checking as I will be posting more interviews, a review of the movie, and more. Back to the topic at hand, George.
In the film George Clooney plays Frank Walker. A rather codgy older man. Or as Mr. Clooney described him, an angry old man. Frank is full of, as my great grandmother would say, piss and vinegar. He has a rather pessimistic view of the world. Which is what makes his character stand out a bit more.
When he walked in the room, he greeted us all warmly, immediately went into joking with us, and then asked with a bit of unbelieving, “So this is Mommy Bloggers?”. He wasn’t completely sure about the upcoming interview.
What drew you to the movie? Was it your humanitarian work?
I wanted to work with Brad Bird. I don’t think he makes bad films, and I love the kind of films he makes. When I read the screenplay, I thought, what I love about it that we are inundated with lots of bad news. What I loved was the idea that the future isn’t automatically inevitable.
George, yeah we are on first name basis name, went on to tell us about growing up in the 60’s and how they fully believed that the individual made a difference. He talked about the different movements that happened as he grew up, and how he was always taught that he could make a difference if they worked hard.
Was it fun or difficult working with contraptions and harnesses?
I’ve had to do it in a few films, and I’m never in love with it. Working with green screen is tricky because you just sort of have to make stuff up. I’m 54 years old and I get to still play make believe! So when they put you in a harness and go “Okay you’re going to fly from here to there.”, you are like a 12 year old thinking okay, let’s go have some fun. I’ve always found that part to be magical.
George talked about growing up in the time of the space race and memories of space themed food and Tang. He also talked about The Jetsons and how he believed growing up that jet packs and flying cars would be real one day.
What was your favorite scene in the movie?
When Casey, played by Britt Robertson, first comes to the house. Frank is a grump. He is telling her to shut up, go away. It was really fun shooting all the stuff at the farm house
That and the nice men who invaded his house when Casey arrived!
In your words what would be the message in this movie to inspire teenagers?
It’s a summer movie, and what you don’t want it to be is a eat your spinach kind of thing. Or broccoli. I’ve been in those kinds of movies before and you don’t want that because IT IS a summer movie. But the truth of the matter is that the future is yours to decide what it will be. You look at the world and see how tragic it can feel. It wasn’t particularly great in 1968, either. There was assassinations, wars, civil unrest and riots, but we were not inundated with it. There was still a feeling of hopefulness that the future was still going to be alright. I feel that we all have to get to a point where the individual isn’t helpless. And I think that’s a really important part of this. An advantage since I’ve become successful, I understand that I have a voice that I can amplify things, so I can make Darfur louder or we can, there’s things that you can do that you can try to affect change with. But I was like that when I was 10, because I was told, that your voice has to matter and has to participate, even if two people hear you, because those two people may change. I would say my parents taught me that, and their parents taught them that. I feel as if there’s a world where we have to constantly remind not just young people, ourselves that we’re not just stuck here.
George spoke fondly of his father and the need to put perspective back in the news.
Was there any props or memorabilia that you kept from the movie?
Disney has armed guards around that stuff. Brad Bird is very possessive of all of his things as well. So, I will not answer what I stole, or they will come take it away from me. But I will say that it shoots rays and is a gun.
That would be my question right there! It was a blast getting to interview Mr. Clooney. He chatted about the prop from the movie he would most like to have now, and we talked about fellow actors in the movie. All of which you will be read in George 2.0. Yes, the interview was so amazing we had to break it down into two parts!
Are you ready for Tomorrowland?