When George Clooney walks into a room he commands it, but he does it with style and grace. I think there was a collective **sigh** He was dreamy, he was well spoken, he was everything you wanted George Clooney to be. He came to chat all about Tomorrowland and things may have got a little spoilery so I’ll be posting a part 2 of the interview full of fun spoilers after the film opens, but now let’s get to the interview:
George Clooney: I have never seen a table this long. Alright, we have time for one more question. [LAUGHING.] So you are Mommy Bloggers? Really!
Q: Alright, so the message in Tomorrowland said a lot. Can we fix it? You firmly believe in that with all your humanitarian work. Is that one of the things that drew you to the movie? and your first Disney movie?
George Clooney: It is. Well, my first Disney movie was a Miramax film, called From Dusk Till Dawn, which is not a very Disney film. [LAUGHING.] But yeah, you know, at first I wanted to work with Brad Bird. I think he doesn’t make bad films, and I just love the kind of films he makes. Then when I read the screenplay, I thought, you know, what I love about it is that we sort of are inundated in our lives with lots of bad news. You turn on the television, it hurts.
It’s a bad time and what I loved was the idea of the script said, their future isn’t just automatically inevitable. You have to participate or you don’t have to just accept how it ends. I was born in the early 60’s, so I grew up in the era of, where the individual actually had effect, you know, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam movement, the women’s rights moments, and that stuff, and so I always felt like and believed that there was a version of it.
I was raised that there was a version of this where you could affect the future, and you didn’t have to just accept it, you know. The Russians weren’t gonna necessarily just blow us all up and the nuclear bombs. So I really loved the idea of hearing this again, this idea that it’s, we’re not just necessarily doomed, that there’s something that you can do about it if you pay attention and you, and, you know, and you work hard. And I liked it.
Q: Would you say that that would be one of the futuristic items or things that would be awesome to have?
George Clooney: Let me put it to you this way. So you’re at LAX. You get your bags. [LAUGHING.] I’ve got to get to Studio City. It’s 4:30 on a Friday. It would be the greatest moment ever, just blasting right over all the traffic. I think it would be fantastic, although, I don’t know that I want everybody to have one ’cause they’d just be circling my house. Hey. What’s Amal gonna wear to the MET Ball? [LAUGHING.] I don’t know, I don’t know if I want everybody to have a jet pack.
Q: In your words, what would be the message of this movie to inspire teenagers.
George Clooney: Well, here’s the funniest thing about this. It’s a summer movie, right, and what you don’t want it to be is, you know, eat your spinach kind of, kind of thing. Or eat your broccoli.
I mean, I’ve been in those kind of movies before and you don’t, you know, you sort of don’t want that, because it is a summer movie. But the truth of the matter is, the idea is that, the future is yours and the future is yours to decide what it will be. As you look at the world, and you see how sort of, tragic it can feel it always has been that way.
It wasn’t particularly great in 1968 either. There were assassinations and there was wars and there was civil unrest and riots, but we weren’t as inundated with it, and so there was always still a hopefulness that the future was still gonna be alright. I feel as if we have to get to that point where, we all understand that the individual is not helpless. I think that’s a really important part of this.
An advantage since I’ve become successful, I understand that I have a voice that I can amplify things, so I can make Darfur louder or there’s things that you can do that you can try to affect change with. I was like that when I was 10, because I was told, that your voice has to matter and has to participate, even if two people hear you, because those two people may change, you know.
I would say my parents taught me that and their parents taught them that, and I feel as if there’s a world where we have to constantly remind not just young people, ourselves that we’re not just stuck here. I also think we have to find a way to put news back in perspective. I think part of the responsibility of news in general is not just to report on it, but put it in perspective.
And my father was an anchorman in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he was covering a story about, some skinheads at Fountain Square who were gonna rally, seven guys up. They’re saying horrible things. He had to cover the story, so he goes out and in the camera, it looks pretty awful. It looks really awful. There’s about 2,000 people yelling at them. Then my dad says okay, and they went upstairs to Carew Tower, which is the tallest building in Cincinnati, and the shot down on to the park with these seven little tiny people in a town of 400,000, are just yelling and being jerks.
A town that otherwise is functioning perfectly and people are getting along and working together and you realized in perspective it meant nothing. It meant absolutely nothing. I feel that we’re losing perspective of the things that are going on in our world, and we think oh, it’s just nothing but apocalyptic stuff, and I don’t believe that necessarily is true. I mean, there’s an awful lot of good and it’s hard to report good because it doesn’t sell. So I think that maybe along the way, it would be nice to remind ourselves that there’s an awful lot of good that’s being done too.
Q: Did you keep any props or any memorabilia from the movie?
George Clooney: Now here’s the thing [LAUGHING,] Disney is very, ah, they’ve got like armed guards around all that stuff. Brad is very, possessive of all those things as well, ah, and so I will not answer what I stole, because they will come take it away from me, but it shoots rays and it’s a gun.
Q: Do you rub on that Tomorrowland pin every night?
George Clooney: I love that pin. It’s fantastic.
Yep! The camera totally caught me being all googley eyed, but I’m just going to own it. I can keep my cool most of the time, but Mr. Clooney is kinda dreamy right?
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. ***