George Clooney, who directed, acted in, produced and co-wrote ‘The Monuments Men’ was joined by his star-studded cast for the film’s premiere in London.
Based on actual events, the film tells the story of an army platoon made up of specially recruited museum directors, curators, and art historians on a mission to rescue valuable artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War Two.
“Listen, it’s a little obnoxious when you’re directing yourself but there’s not much you can do about it. I was going to be in it. It’s mostly embarrassing because when you’re directing yourself with another actor it’s kind of like…”
And we’ll never know what it is like because at that moment a fan in crowd outside the premiere shouts to him: “I like your scarf”.
Living up to his image as a gentleman Clooney responds: “You like the scarf? I’ll get you one.”
At the London showing of the film his co-stars had nothing but praise for Clooney’s work as a director:
“He’s very well prepared, he does his homework, he’s very organised, he knows his equipment, he knows exactly what he wants and he can also change at a moment’s notice. He’s just very well prepared,” said John Goodman.
Already out in the US, the film got a mixed reception at the Berlin Film Festival, with some critics calling it disappointing despite its star-rich cast, which includes Matt Damon, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin.
‘The Monuments Men’ will hit European cinemas in the coming months.