“You cannot make a good film from a bad screenplay” ~ George Clooney in the Washington Post
RA is facing some serious decisions; I hope his Pinter/PROUST project – a script by a brilliant writer, based on the work of a brilliant writer – is an indication of his future focus. Until we hear about his next project, I thought some observations that George Clooney made to the Washington Post were incredibly insightful – and sound – and I’d love for RA to take them to heart.
Background: Producer-director-actor-writer George Clooney’s career was rocking along nicely until it was almost killed due to a disastrous turn as an iconic hero (Batman), even though the film was helmed by a highly respected director. Today, Clooney is an international superstar and one of the most respected filmmakers around. Clooney recently sat down with the Washington Post to talk about his career, and reveals what the “Batman” experience taught him.
The Post calls his subsequent professional choices a “strategy borne of what might be called the “After ‘Batman’” era of Clooney’s career…”
Clooney learned an invaluable lesson from “Batman.” In fact, he tells the Post simply, “I don’t have the same career without that film.”
His explanation may surprise you.
“Until then, I had just been an actor,” he said. “I had only been an actor in TV series, and then I got ‘E.R.’ and ‘E.R.’ became this big thing.” His breakout feature roles — “One Fine Day,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “The Peacemaker” — all came about because he was eager for the work and what looked like juicy roles. “And then I get a call, ‘Do you want to be in ‘Batman?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah.’”
“With all of those things, it was just me as an actor going, ‘Look at the part,’” Clooney continues. “And after I got killed for ‘Batman & Robin,’ I realized I’m not going to be held responsible just for the part anymore, I’m going to be held responsible for the movie. And literally, I just stopped. And I said, ‘It now has to be only screenplay. Because you cannot make a good film from a bad screenplay.’”
That bears repeating: “You cannot make a good film from a bad screenplay.”
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