ITM’s favorite suave gentleman, Mr George Clooney, revealed last night that when it comes to history, he’s a bit of a nerd.
Speaking at the world premiere of “The Monuments Men” in New York, Clooney explained how he came across the untold true story behind his latest film.
“I know a lot about World War II,” he admitted, before adding bashfully, “I’m somewhat of a buff.”
But he had never heard the tale of seven museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went into the heart of Nazi Germany during WWII to save the artistic masterpieces destined for destruction.
So, uniting his passions for history and film, Clooney decided to direct “The Monuments Men,” although – buff that he is – he admitted that the final film is only about 80% accurate.
“It’s not a history lesson,” he said. “It’s supposed to be fun.”
ITM brought you photos from the set earlier this year, when Clooney and co-star Matt Damon looked like they were enjoying themselves in period costume!
Behind the adventure story lurks an important message about art and society, according to star Bill Murray, who took the opportunity to draw a parallel between the plot and modern warfare.
“We all have to realize that this art is something that’s invaluable and has to be protected,” Murray said. “When we went to Iraq a lot of things were just looted from the museums there, because people weren’t looking out for it in a way that maybe they might after they see this film.”
“The Monuments Men,” whose star-studded cast also includes Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville, hits theaters this Friday February 7.
Now we know how to impress Clooney – we’ll be grabbing those history books!
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