George Clooney is one of the most successful actors of the 1990-2000s. He is incredibly good at playing charismatic villains, charming leaders, and romantic heroes. In addition, he is involved in directing, producing, and social activities. According to Forbes, George Clooney topped the list of the highest-paid actors in 2018. How did he achieve such success, and what did he get his Oscars for?
From Dusk Till Dawn (1995)
George Clooney began acting on the sly in films back in the 80s. However, the actor gained wide popularity thanks to the series “Ambulance” and the film “From Dusk Till Dawn.” What’s better than a horror movie written by Quentin Tarantino, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and starring George Clooney? In the 90s, it was definitely the dream of any moviegoer. And it happened in 1995 with the release of From Dusk Till Dawn. George Clooney won the MTV Movie Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category for portraying the daring and charming robber Seth Gekko. And this is still considered one of his best roles. He fascinates with his charisma, equanimity, and desperate disposition. And the role of his brother was played by Tarantino himself. In addition, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo, and others played in the film.
Brothers Seth and Richard Gekko escape from prison, kill the sheriff and several police officers on the way, rob a bank, and head to the Mexican border. For thirty percent of the loot, the mafia promised to hide them on their territory in the city of El Rey. However, the Texas police do not intend to release the villains. The brothers seize the Fuller family’s van to get to the border, and the priest and his children are taken hostage. They just had to wait for Carlos, the representative of the mafia. The Gekkos decide to wait out at a roadside strip bar open from dusk to dawn. Everything would be fine, but only this bar belongs to vampires.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
After the success of From Dusk Till Dawn, Clooney was snapped up. He starred in a variety of films: melodramas (“One Fine Day”), action films (“The Peacemaker”), movie comics (“Batman and Robin”) and comedies (“Oh, where are you, brother?”, For which he received his first Golden Globe). By the beginning of the 2000s, Clooney was one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. When Steven Sodenberg conceived of shooting a remake of the 1960 film Ocean’s Eleven, which was supposed to bring together a decent acting troupe, he needed a very cool lead performer. So, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts were led by George Clooney, playing Danny Ocean himself.
Robber Danny Ocean is released from prison. And the first thing he does is contact his criminal acquaintance Rusty Ryan. It turns out that Danny wasted no time behind bars and planned to rob the three largest casinos in Las Vegas. To implement the idea and steal about 160 million dollars, they have to hire some of the most skillful specialists: pickpockets, cheats, mechanics, computer scientists, and so on. When it comes down to it, Danny learns that Tess, his ex-wife, is currently meeting at the owner of all three casinos – Terry Benedict. However, nothing should interfere with the team’s plans.
George Clooney enjoyed working with Soderberg, and in 2002 their second joint film was released – the fantastic drama Solaris, based on the novel of the same name by Stanislav Lem. Also, the actor became interested in directing and began to try himself in this business (“Confessions of a Dangerous Man,” “Good Night and Good Luck”). The main success for Clooney was the role in the film “Siriana.” The image of CIA Special Agent Robert Baer earned him his second Golden Globes and his first Oscars. So his experiments with diets, due to which he had health problems and injuries sustained on the set, were justified by the recognition of the film community.
In “Siriana” (this term, the CIA means hostile to the United States of the Middle East), several storylines develop at once. CIA Special Agent Robert Baer has been fighting terrorism for over twenty years. Once, he is assigned to kill a young Arab sheik who is promoting the results of an oil tender that the United States does not want. Only then does Robert begin to reflect on the true meaning of the work he has dedicated his entire life. Energy analyst Brian Woodman is trying to negotiate with the sheik on a deal with his company. Meanwhile, he is experiencing a deep family tragedy. And corporate lawyer Bennett Holiday faces a moral dilemma as to what kind of cases the oil companies are doing. “Everything is interconnected,” says the film’s slogan.
Up in the Air (2009)
In 2008, George Clooney could have won his second Oscar for his role in Michael Clayton, but then the award was unanimously given to Daniel Day-Lewis (Oil). The actor increasingly began to appear in romantic and adventurous comedies (Burn After Reading). At the same time, his game reached a new level. Therefore, he was ideally suited for the film “Up in the Sky,” which is a screen version of the novel of the same name by Walter Kern. This tape is both a comedy and a drama and a melodrama. The National Council of Film Critics of the United States named “Up in the Sky” Best Film of 2009, And Jason Wrightman, the film’s director and screenwriter, has won several Best Screenplay awards, including a Golden Globe.
Ryan Bingham works for a firm with the interesting title Change Career Counseling. He specializes in informing employees of various companies that their positions are being cut. He is a kind of lightning rod for the hail of indignation, tears, and aggression of the dismissed people. Ryan copes with his work brilliantly, possessing the skills of a psychologist, orator, and the baggage of experience. So, he spends almost all his time on flights between cities where his clients are located. Naturally, with this way of life, he has no time to create a family. However, he soon meets an interesting woman, and changes are brewing in the company associated with the arrival of young specialists.
The Ides of March (2011)
The Ides of March is George Clooney’s fourth directorial work. And the best so far, according to critics. The film is based on the 2008 play Farragut North by American playwright Beau Willimon. The play was written with knowledge of the matter, as the author worked for a long time in campaign headquarters worldwide. George Clooney himself reworked the script for the film, produced and directed the picture himself, and played one of the main roles. He gave the main one to Ryan Gosling, who fully justified the duties entrusted to him. The cast was strong: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei, and others.
In the story, a young idealist Stephen Myers works in the campaign headquarters of Governor Mike Morris – the main candidate for the presidency from the Democratic Party. The guy considers his boss one of those people who can really change the country for the better. However, over and over again, unexpected details about Morris begin to surface. And when Myers is invited to join the opposite camp, the unexpected happens. Will a guy become disillusioned with politicians, become like everyone else, or change the world?
In 2012, George Clooney produced Operation Argo, for which he received his second Oscar. And in 2013, there was “Gravity.” Perhaps this is not the best film for Clooney himself. He did not shoot or produce it. However, this is one of the best films in which the actor managed to act. Gravity has garnered seven Academy Awards, including awards for directing, cinematography, editing, visual effects, and sound design. If such awards do not convince, then the unique combination of vast outer space and the genre of chamber technothrillers is a must. For an hour and a half, the viewer on the screen will see only Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and the Earth against the backdrop of the vast expanses of space. Interestingly, the script for the film was invented by the son of director Alfonso Cuaron – Honas.
During the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope, a disaster occurs in outer space. The astronaut ship is hit by space debris (which naturally arose from the Russians blowing up their satellites). The only survivors are astronaut researcher and medical engineering specialist Ryan Stone and veteran astronaut Commander Matt Kowalski, for whom the mission is his last before retirement. The shuttle is damaged, there is no communication with the Earth. All that remains is two astronauts and an endless dark and cold outer space.