I already shared the first part of our epic interview with George Clooney. (If you missed it CLICK HERE) However, since it was full of spoilers so I had to wait to post this part till after Tomorrowland had it’s big opening weekend. So let’s get to it!
Q: What was it like working with such young and talented actors.
George Clooney: I didn’t like them. I’ll say that… [LAUGHING.] Now, we can say nice things now, but the truth is I don’t care for them. [LAUGHING.] Well, first of all, Britt is fantastic and her career is just at the very beginning and is going to be really fun. Raffey is spectacular and she was just 12 at the time, I think, and way too talented, for her age, and sweet and funny. It is also a fun part for me because I, as you well know, if you’d seen me speaking to a 12 year old the way I speak to her at the grocery store, you’d call child services. [LAUGHING.]
I’m like who gets to yell at a 12 year old. I mean yeah, teachers do. But in the movies it’s, it’s so much fun because, she’s not really a 12 year old and it’s really fun to be able to… they sort of set up a way where we’re a little family of three, but she’s the adult driving the car and and Britt and I are the two kids, arguing and bickering all the time.
They were fantastic, and they were really sweet and I think they’re having a really fun time with this, which is, that’s how it’s supposed to be. When I work with younger actors, I always have to try to remind them that this is the fun kind of job that most people don’t get to do. If you get to be an actor and work, and somebody pays you for it, you’ve caught the brass ring and it’s just fun. So, that’s part of, the thing is, they really do dig it and they’re having fun, which is really a good time.
Q: What was your favorite scene or favorite fun memory while filming Tomorrowland?
George Clooney: I don’t remember much of it. I was drunk most of the time. [LAUGHING.] You know, I will tell you, there was a lot of moments, because it wasn’t all done to green screen. They were nice enough to build a lot of these sets where you actually got to play in them. The most fun we had was the driving sequences, believe it or not, because we’re being towed but Raffey is driving and I keep having to teach her like you’ve got to keep looking at the road, I mean.
And she’d be like, [IN VOICE] what is the deal? Like my mother actually drives, which is true, it was fun because there was no technology. There was nothing. It was just old fashioned, three people sitting in a truck for five days, arguing and doing fun stuff. And that’s really fun for actors, because you don’t have to do any make believe. It’s all just right there.
I really enjoyed that. Also it was fun doing the stuff, like shoving all the packs of powder down their, throat because we must have done 30 takes, and every time I go, here you go. [LAUGHING.] And she’d be like not the whole pack. And I was like yeah, so much sugar on it.
Q: Did Britt really drink all those bottles of Coke?
George Clooney: Yeah, now in fairness, Brad was kind enough to only do it, I think, three times. But she does down two cokes in the take. I think it’s two cokes in the take. I just sit there going, she’s gonna explode, but she did it. Because you learn, like young actors, I remember when I was doing Descendants and we had this little girl, she played my youngest daughter in the film, and we did a scene where she gets to eat ice cream, and she never acted in a movie before and she just starts pounding the table.
And they’re just sitting there watching her going, you can see her, take 9 [LAUGHING] and she literally was like uuugh.
Q: Where there any scenes that were emotionally hard for you to film?
George Clooney: Emotionally hard, no. Because I find, movies in general aren’t emotionally, I mean, you’re involved in them but, it’s not really something honestly terrible has happened. It is still make believe but I did find that, it was a tricky scene, there’s a moment where I have to let, Raffey’s character go, the robot go, and there was a really weird, we’d shot it once and she kind of clicks out, but her eyes are open still and we drop her out, and it literally feels like I’m murdering her.
It really does. It was odd. And you’re watching it, it’s so disturbing and it was really awful, so we went back and re-did it where she sort of completely goes out, because otherwise it really felt horrible. There’s all kinds of weird balances in this film. My relationship with her is very, we’re walking a very thin line there like I don’t know, this is kind of weird. It’s a constant thing like oh, oh boy. Let’s walk very carefully through these things. And thankfully, Brad is Brad and is really good at what he does. He makes it, made it much simpler.
Tomorrowland The Movie
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.
***Disclosure: I attended #TomorrowlandEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney & ABC. All opinions are 100% mine. ***