The AmericanThere are certain actors whose films I look forward to without question, no matter how silly or outside my preferred tastes they may be. George Clooney is one of those actors.

In looking over Clooney's filmography, it's easy to see why: His films span a wide range of genres, from quirky comedies ('O Brother, Where Art Thou?'), to highbrow thrillers ('Michael Clayton') to pure entertainment (the 'Ocean's' franchise), and, with a few minor exceptions, they're always enjoyable to watch. In fact, I'd be willing to wager that Clooney is our most consistent working actor today. The AmericanThere are certain actors whose films I look forward to without question, no matter how silly or outside my preferred tastes they may be. George Clooney is one of those actors.

In looking over Clooney's filmography, it's easy to see why: His films span a wide range of genres, from quirky comedies ('O Brother, Where Art Thou?'), to highbrow thrillers ('Michael Clayton') to pure entertainment (the 'Ocean's' franchise), and, with a few minor exceptions, they're always enjoyable to watch. In fact, I'd be willing to wager that Clooney is our most consistent working actor today.

Whatever the definitive reason is behind it -- Oscar-winning chops? Undeniable charm? The fact that Dr. Doug Ross was my favorite character on 'ER'? -- I love watching Clooney up on the big screen; whenever a movie he's in hits theaters, it feels a little bit like Christmas morning, as it does this week with the release of 'The American' (in theaters Wednesday).

I'll admit I know little of what it's about, or who else is in it. But with Clooney at the helm, none of that really matters. Based on the consistency of his past movies, and especially on the heels of his Oscar-nominated turn in 'Up in the Air,' I know he'll make it worth my time and, more importantly, money.

What about you? What actors will you pay to see on the big screen, regardless of what movie they're in?
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