George Clooney says he was avoided by Hollywood after the 1997 Batman & Robin flopped
George Clooney says he was avoided by Hollywood after Batman & Robin flopped.
The 59-year-old actor starred as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alicia Silverstone, Chris O̵
The film took $ 238 billion internationally from a production budget of $ 125,000,000, according to Box Office Mojo.
In retrospect: George Clooney, 59, said he was avoided by Hollywood after Batman & Robin flopped and that the very vicious project almost ruined his film career when directors refused to work with him for a period
The Oscar winner – who appeared in the TV drama ER from 1994 to 1999 – told The Sun newspaper on Sunday in a group zoom interview that he believes his fortunes changed when he teamed up with Steven Soderbergh to make the 1998 crime comedy Out Of Sight. with Jennifer Lopez.
‘Steven came out of a pair of flops and I came out of Batman & Robin and we both needed success,’ he said. “In a way, our backs were against the wall. I was still doing ER at the time and there were always these conversations about whether or not you can go from TV to movies. That was a great thing – and I lost that argument.
‘After Batman & Robin, I realized I had to be held accountable for the film, not just for the show. And then we waited, and when I found that movie, we chased Steven down to control it. There was a director attached and he walked away because he said I was not a movie actor. ‘
Clooney said that ‘it all worked’ when ‘Steven directed the hell out of that movie – he did a beautiful job with it.’
Less return: The film took $ 238 billion internationally from a production budget of $ 125,000,000, according to Box Office Mojo
Turnaround: The actor said he was back in Tinseltown’s good grace after collaborating with director Steven Soderbergh to make the 1998 crime comedy Out Of Sight with Jennifer Lopez
Despite his fame and success, the Kentucky-born actor remains humble in his approach to his career.
‘I cut tobacco to live on three dollars and 33 cents an hour,’ said Ocean’s Eleven leading man. ‘And I knew one thing when I left Kentucky, which was that I did not want to be a tobacco cutter – I was pretty sure of that. So everything on top of that has been gravy for me. ‘
The actor, who is married to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, continued: ‘That’s why I think it’s silly when people are tortured by [fame]. That does not mean they do not have hard times and something does not make anyone mad, but the general general spirit should be exciting. I was a fighting actor for 15 years. Every job you got was, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
‘And you would show up and some guy’s crazy and you like,’ I do not care. I have a job. I get paid and pay the rent. I’m excited to be here. I’m lucky. “‘
In the chat with the publication, Clooney said that despite his decades-old Hollywood star, he is still ‘starstruck’ by certain actors such as Robert Redford and Paul Newman.