Men We Love – George Clooney
November 5, 2016
George Clooney in The Ides of March (2011)
George Clooney, the Man, the Myth, the Living Legend! From playing a neighbor to the ladies on television’s The Facts of Life to being a double winner of People magazine’s coveted title “Sexiest Man of the Year,” Clooney has been breaking hearts across America since his earliest acting days. And as if his looks aren’t enough, his talent on both the big and small screen far surpasses that of most in his line of work. Two Oscars, five Golden Globes, a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, and countless other kudos, Clooney tackles both on-screen and off-screen roles, including acting, directing, writing, producing, and advocating for various political and social causes. This month, HDNET MOVIES will be airing the network premiere of The Ides of March, Clooney’s first ever quadruple undertaking – starring, writing, producing, and directing the 2011 film. Tune in on Sunday, November 6th at 8:00pE and see below for further show times throughout the month.
Here are some riveting facts about Hollywood’s hunkiest, and most remarkably talented, actor:
George is the son of Nick Clooney, a former TV anchorman and game show host. George made his television debut on the “Nick Clooney Show,” his dad’s local morning show in Cincinnati, at the age of seven playing himself, and was given credit as a ‘stagehand.’
George owned a pig for 18 years. He originally bought Max for his then-girlfriend Kelly Preston (now married to John Travolta) who gave it back to him when they broke up. Max’s squealing woke George up on the morning of January 17, 1994 when the Northridge, California earthquake hit and George credits Max with saving his life. Sadly, Max passed away in 2006.
George Clooney in Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
George has starred in four Coen Brothers films including O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), Burn After Reading (2008), and Hail, Caesar! (2016). For their next collaboration, Suburbicon, the Coen Brothers are letting George direct from their script. The film is due out in 2017.
After filming ended in 2009 for George’s movie The American, he stayed in Italy to help the central region of Abruzzo, which had been leveled by an earthquake earlier in the year. The movie was supposed to have been shot there, but the earthquake forced the cast and crew to find a new location. George led clean-up efforts by working with relief agencies, the Italian government, and by holding a benefit screening of his film. George has owned a multi-million dollar home in Italy since 2001, in a little village located in the heart of Lake Como.
George Clooney in Out of Sight (1998)
After George divorced his first wife, Talia Balsam, in 1993 he vowed never to marry again. Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman then each bet George $10,000 that he would have children by the age of 40. After he won, they sent him the money shortly after his birthday, which he returned and bet double or nothing he would not have children by the age of 50. At 55, George is now married but remains childless as he said he always would.
In 2000, George and director Steven Soderbergh founded the production company Section Eight Productions. Together they worked on a number of films including all three Ocean’s movies, Syriana, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The company shut down in 2006, with George stating that it was always meant to be a temporary endeavor.
George Clooney in The Ides of March (2011)
George is active in the political realm, having supported Barack Obama’s campaign in the presidential election of 2008 and 2012. Yet, he has no interest in running for a political office “because of the compromises you have to make,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2011.
George Clooney founded the Not On Our Watch Project along with fellow actors Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Jerry Weintraub, and US Ambassador for the UN for Special Political Affairs David Pressman. The project “is committed to robust advocacy and research in support of global human rights,” especially those “forgotten international crises.”
The Ides of March playing all this month on HDNET MOVIES:
Sunday, November 6th @ 8/7c
Monday, November 7th @ 4:45/3:45c
Thursday, November 17th @ 11/10c
Thursday, November 17th @ 2:45a/1:45c
Wednesday, November 23rd @ 5:20/4:20c
Thursday, November 24th @ 12:50/11:50c
Tuesday, November 29th @ 7:15/6:15c
For complete monthly schedule with air times, synopses, and much, much more, visit HDNETMOVIES.com.