Santa Barbara Film Festival: George Clooney
By Madelyn Ritrosky
George Clooney’s ceremony was held in the historic Arlington Theater, on upper State Street. It is the largest movie theater in Santa Barbara. Festival coordinators must have figured correctly that the largest crowd would be for this man.
The red carpet was rolled out for each of the special events, and on this night it was packed with press and fans. The theater was full.
Like the others that would follow, the event consisted of a welcome by the president of the festival’s board of directors, Arnold Kassoy; introduction of the honoree by the festival’s executive director, Roger Durling; a fairly lengthy on-stage interview conducted a noted film critic; numerous film clips sprinkled throughout the interview; the presentation of the award by someone who worked with the guest of honor, and the honoree’s acceptance speech.
With typical humor, he said, “I have to make up for BATMAN & ROBIN. . . . I was horrible in it.” That 1997 movie earned him and the film generally bad reviews.
Regarding the hypothetical circumstance of achieving his fame while very young, he suggested, “I would have been shooting crack into my forehead.” Clooney also noted his early experiences on movie sets and joked, “I’m from Kentucky we try to stay away from trailers.”
He and Grant Heslov, who also produced the film, made sure that their script was as accurate as possible. In fact, Clooney said they wanted to make sure that their independent investors could not say things like “maybe that character wouldn’t do that.” Clooney and Heslov wanted the weight of historical veracity on their side with this politically charged, albeit Cold War film.
Photos by Madelyn Ritrosky
Images from the movie below, "Good Night Good Luck":
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