Meeting George Clooney was one of the brightest moments of my life. Thank you, Disney, for such an amazing opportunity to spend some time around and with some of the prominent people of our time.
Why I was so excited? I respect this actor not just for his unique gift to bring to life his scripted characters for all of us to experience the emotional highs and lows as we are watching a movie.
George Clooney has carved a niche in my heart and soul as one of the bravest men in our lifetime. His position on socially-related causes and the power to affect them from his public standing in life is unprecedented, yet very humble indeed.
During our semi-informal meeting, we talked about his new movie Tomorrowland that comes out on May 22nd. I was really interested to find out why he agreed to participate in such a different project of cinematography. Here are some highlights from our conversation, as we explored the issues raised by the movie Tomorrowland. NOPE, I won’t tell you all we talked about, as it would be a total spoiler for you before you go see the movie. Rather, I’d share the mood, thoughts and interaction that took place during our press meeting, plus a few highlights of the conversation.
WHY PARTICIPATING IN THIS MOVIE WAS IMPORTANT FOR GEORGE CLOONEY
The idea of the script is that the future is not automatically happening to us all, rather we are sculpting it, moving it forward with our ideas, thoughts, and dreams. We are actively participating in shaping the future.
George Clooney touched upon how growing up in the era of civil rights movement, women’s rights movement, and Vietnam protests he believed that each individual could make impact on the reality, thus the future. That is why when he was approached with the script of Tomorrowland by Brad Bird, he liked the idea of personal responsibility each individual can exercise when it comes to shaping our life and our future.
We, as a human race, are not necessarily doomed and stuck with what is going to happen to us. On contrary, we are blessed with the right to exercise our thoughts and dreams and build the Future in which we are all going to live.
THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THE MOVIE FOR ANYONE WHO SEES IT
George Clooney – without any hesitation – shared two of his personal value-points for this Summer movie.
First, the Future is yours. Individuals are not helpless. Each one of us can affect the future with our minds and active deeds.
Second, the movie is a powerful reminder to our younger generation that they are the Future. It is a lesson for all of us to take on board and share with families, friends and keep with ourselves as well.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH YOUNGER ACTORS
You are going to be up to a huge surprise in the movie when you discover some of the exquisitely talented young ladies: Britt Robertson (“Casey”) and Raffey Cassidy (“Athena”).
George Clooney speaks about both young actresses as some of the most Fantastic ones to work with.
“Raffey is spectacular. And she was 12 at the time [when movie was made]. Way too talented for her age!”
Without giving away the movie’s gems and scenes for you to enjoy whilst you’re at the movie’s, George Clooney speaks volumes of both Britt and Raffey and how they morphed into their roles and make the whole movie believable, thus emotionally charged for the movie-goers.
Just watch this Tomorrowland trailer to get the charge of the talent and individual expression each character in the movie generates. I have seen this episode a dozen times, yet am still in awe from the powerful surge of my emotions.
SOME FUNNY MOMENTS DURING MEETING GEORGE CLOONEY
Let me share with you that George Clooney is an amazing person who artfully mixes funny and serious.
One of the questions was if got some memorabilia from the movie set. Here’s what he answered.
“Now, here’s a thing. Disney got like armed guards around all that stuff. Brad [Tomorrowland Director] is very possessive of all these things as well. And I would not answer what I stole! Because they’ll come and take it away from me!” We had a lot of laughter and good time with George Clooney, as he easily mixed humor into our conversation.
WHAT KIND OF MOVIE-GOER WILL TOMORROWLAND ATTRACT
Here’s a summary of George Clooney’s thoughts as he shared it with us.
It’s a Summer movie. The truth of the matter is that the Future is yours. The world has tragedy. Yet the world has beauty and joy. The Optimism is what each one of us should infuse our lives with. And Tomorrowland movie points out in this direction, making each one of us responsible for the Future we make together every day of our lives.
What I appreciate about George Clooney the Actor and the Social Ambassador is that he understands his success and position in life from which he can amplify the positiveness and affect the lives of others. Meeting George Clooney in real life has been one of my most powerful moments that allowed me to learn just a tid-bit more about this amazing Actor and Public Persona.
TOMORROWLAND Opens May 22nd In Theaters Everywhere!
Go See It with Your Family!
It Shall Change Your Vision of Future & Your Place In It.
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Photo Credit: Louise Bishop