CATEGORIES London Film FestivalIt's day two at the London Film Festival and that can only mean one thing - yep, it's another Clooney premiere!
But before we get on to that there's time to appreciate a picture of Mr George and his girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis on the red carpet last night. Let's hope they've brought enough posh clothes for all these upcoming premieres.
Click through for more... Day 2 and it's another Clooney premiere! But before we get on to that there's time to appreciate a picture of Mr George and his girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis on the red carpet last night.
It was a special premiere, because there were actually two of them. Held simultaneously at the two largest cinemas in London, it was just a short walk across the crowded square for the cast and director Wes Anderson to introduce Fantastic Mr Fox to both audiences. The glittering after party was held at the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road.
The Men Who Stare at Goats was tonights gala screening, and is quite likely to be my favourite. The tone is what you would expect from the team of Clooney and Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures. Like Good Night and Good Luck it tackles journalism and paranoia, but takes the comedic edge of Leatherheads (which I think was severely underrated). On their working partnership, Clooney said that Heslov was the boss as he had "compromising pictures of him from 1982".
Clooney plays Lyn Cassady who claims to be a former psychic spy. He thinks that his former squad leader Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) appeared to him in a vision, and needs to track him down in Iraq. Reporter Bob Wilton (Ewen McGregor) has something to prove, and accompanies Cassady on what he thinks will be the story of a lifetime.
The satire is pitch perfect as it edges along a political crevasse. The strength comes in the diversity of characters: Clooney is earnest, McGregor is naive, Spacey is sinister and Bridges is hilarious as the army sergeant turned LSD loving hippy.
The actors claim they had "too much fun" on this set, indulging in 5 hour rubber band fights. Clooney continued his run of jokey interviews. Asked if he enjoyed working with Ewen McGregor, he said "After the restraining order it was really hard to enjoy working with him". Clooney had made many political films "where you have to be responsible. But if there was something funny here, we just did it."
He did complain that he'd been so busy promoting his three films in this festival that he'd had no time to enjoy London, or visit his co-star Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic. Spacey rebuffed suggestions that he'd been "taking a break from film", with two films last year and three this, but did say he was returning to leading roles in two movies (Casino Jack and Father of Invention) in 2010, although he is still committed to another six years as Artistic Director in the London Theatre.