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Clooney is a killer

09.28.2009
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George Clooney has played his share of criminals and charming rogues, but pulling a trigger for cold cash? Working on it now!

Almost immediately after promoting his next release, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS (and winning praises for UP IN THE AIR), handsome George has already begun production on his next project THE AMERICAN, an adaptation of Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman".

The synopsis: Alone among assassins, Jack (Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten of IN BRUGES), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

The movie is now underway in Italy with director Anton Corbijn spotting targets for George.

Extra Tidbit: The actor-director combo has a music connection -- Corbijn made a movie about Joy Division, and Clooney... was in a movie with KISS demon Gene Simmons.
Source: Focus

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10:28AM on 10/10/2009

Eager to see this

Actually, cricker, the book this film is based on is anything but a typical hitman story (else why would George be doing it?). I haven't read it yet, but the book is supposedly really good.
Actually, cricker, the book this film is based on is anything but a typical hitman story (else why would George be doing it?). I haven't read it yet, but the book is supposedly really good.
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12:41PM on 09/29/2009

love george but...

how many hitman movies have that same exact plot? I mean a hitman who is nice and doesnt do dirty work even though he kills people, its like the hooker with the heart of gold. This is the story line of every hitman/contract killer movie
how many hitman movies have that same exact plot? I mean a hitman who is nice and doesnt do dirty work even though he kills people, its like the hooker with the heart of gold. This is the story line of every hitman/contract killer movie
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12:55AM on 09/29/2009
I can't say I'm especially intrigued by the plot, but Clooney's proved that he is damn good at picking winning movies as of late, so I have good faith that this is going to be quite awesome. Plus, I loved what Corbijn did with Closer.
I can't say I'm especially intrigued by the plot, but Clooney's proved that he is damn good at picking winning movies as of late, so I have good faith that this is going to be quite awesome. Plus, I loved what Corbijn did with Closer.
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11:56PM on 09/28/2009

I hope....

He plays a really dark dark guy, like Cruise did with Vincent in Collateral. It's about time Clooney. [link]
He plays a really dark dark guy, like Cruise did with Vincent in Collateral. It's about time Clooney. [link]
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11:08PM on 09/28/2009

Clooney and Gene Simmons?

What the fuck movie were they in together?
What the fuck movie were they in together?
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2:45PM on 09/29/2009
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10:48PM on 09/28/2009
Somewhat interesting premise, I wonder how dark they'll go with it. Sounds good so far, but in the mean time, can't wait for The Men Who Stare at Goats and Up in the Air.
Somewhat interesting premise, I wonder how dark they'll go with it. Sounds good so far, but in the mean time, can't wait for The Men Who Stare at Goats and Up in the Air.
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