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Hi, it’s me again! I bet you were a little shocked when you saw the title of this article. So shocked it made you click the link to see what in the world was going on and if I had lost my marbles. Don’t worry, I haven’t completely lost it. I am writing today because there may have been a thing or two that we did not share from our exclusive interview with George Clooney. Our first article had a lot of great information about George that helped us all get Better Acquainted but today we will give you more details about the movie itself! Hopefully by now you have had the chance to see the movie at least once, if not twice. If not, I strongly urge you to turn back now before you read too far and run into SPOILERS.
It is hard to believe that it has been a little over two weeks since I sat in a room, alone, with George. I was wearing a dazzling red dress, my hair and makeup were perfect and George looked handsome in a tuxedo and he was wearing that gorgeous George smile. You know the one I am talking about, the one that makes his eyes sparkle and women drool. Everything was perfect, absolutely perfect, and we were all alone. Hmmm… not buying the alone part? There may have been 24 other bloggers in the room but seriously, who is counting? Why get all technical over these sorts of things. What you need to walk away with is the idea that George and Heather were in a room together. The End.
Okay, okay, so just to refresh your memory, two weeks ago I was sitting in a gorgeous conference room at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills with 24 bloggers and we were busy taking in his every word and giggling at this jokes that were actually funny. As I mentioned before, George is charming, down to Earth, personable, dashingly handsome, hilarious, and all around awesome.
I don’t want you to think we only scratched the surface of the movie when asking questions. Remember, we saw the movie before interviewing him so we were loaded with questions and wanted some answers! George was more than willing to acquiesce to our request and this is what we learned.
Photo Credit: Louise Bishop from MomStart.com
Question: 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. And Brad is very, possessive of all those things as well and so I will not answer what I stole [LAUGHING], because they will come take it away from me, but it shoots rays and it’s a gun. [LAUGHING.]
Question: What was your favorite scene or favorite fun memory while filming Tomorrowland?
George Clooney: I don’t remember much of it. I was drunk most of the time. [LAUGHING.] I will tell you, there were a lot of moments because it wasn’t all done on a green screen. They were nice enough to build a lot of these sets where you actually got to play in them. The most fun we had was the driving sequences, believe it or not, because we’re being towed but Raffey is driving and I had to teach her that she had to keep looking at the road.
It was fun because there was no technology. There was nothing. It was just old fashioned, three people sitting in a truck for five days, arguing and doing fun stuff. And that’s really fun for actors because you don’t have to do any make believe. It’s all just right there.
I really enjoyed that. And also it was fun shoving all the packs of powder down Britt’s throat because we must have done, I don’t know, 30 takes, and every time I would go, here you go. [LAUGHING.] And she’d be like not the whole pack. And I was like yeah, so much sugar on it.
Question: Did Britt really drink all those bottles of Coke?
George Clooney: Yeah, now in fairness, Brad was kind enough to only do it, I think, three times. But she does down two cokes in the take. And, I was just sitting there going she’s gonna explode, but she did it. Because you learn, young actors, I remember when I was doing Descendants and we had this little girl, she played my youngest daughter in the film, and we did a scene where she gets to eat ice cream, and she never acted in a movie before and she just starts pounding the ice cream. We were just sitting there watching her going, you can see her, take 9 [LAUGHING] and she literally was like uuugh.
Photo Credit: Louise Bishop from MomStart.com
Question: Were there any scenes that were emotionally hard for you to film?
George Clooney: Emotionally hard, no. I find, movies in general aren’t emotional. You’re involved in them but, it’s not really as though something honestly terrible has happened. It is still make believe but I did find a tricky scene. There’s a moment where I have to let Raffey’s character go, the robot go, and that was really weird. We shot it once were she kind of clicks out but her eyes were open still and we drop her out. It literally felt like I was murdering her. It was odd. We watched it and it was disturbing, it was really awful. So, we went back and re-did it where she sort of completely goes out because otherwise it really felt horrible.
There are all kinds of weird balances in this film. My relationship with her, we’re walking a very thin line there like this is kind of weird. It’s a constant thing like oh, oh boy. Let’s walk very carefully through these things. Thankfully, Brad is Brad and is really good at what he does. He made it much simpler.
Question: I loved how your character interacted with Raffey Cassidy and Britt Robertson. I just thought everything was so sweet between all three of you. What was it like working with such young and talented actors?
George Clooney: I didn’t like them. I’ll say that… [LAUGHING.] We can say nice things now but the truth is I don’t care for them. [LAUGHING.] Well, first of all, Britt is fantastic, her career is just at the very beginning, and is going to be really fun. Raffey is spectacular and she was just 12 at the time and way too talented, for her age, and sweet and funny. Ah, it was also a fun part for me because, as you well know, if you’d seen me speaking to a 12 year old the way I speak to her at the grocery store, you’d call child services. [LAUGHING.]
Who gets to yell at a 12 year old? I mean, teachers do. But in the movies it’s so much fun because she’s not really a 12 year old. It’s really fun to be able to sort of set up a way where we’re a little family of three, but she’s the adult, driving the car and Britt and I are the two kids, arguing and bickering all the time.
They were fantastic, they were really sweet, and I think they were having a really fun time with this, which is how it’s supposed to be. When I work with younger actors, I always have to try to remind them that, this is the fun kind of job that most people don’t get to do. And if you get to be an actor and work, and somebody pays you for it, you’ve caught the brass ring and it’s just fun. That’s part of, the thing is, they really do dig it and they’re having fun, which is really a good time.
Okay, okay, so we may not have answered ALL of your questions but we hopefully provided you with a few fun facts. And, we got to talk about George again … how awesome is that?!? I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough GEORGE!
There is still more to come from my adventure to LA, Tomorrowland, and the #TomorrowlandEvent. Stay tuned for our interview with Raffey Cassidy tomorrow and Part II of our interview with Britt Robertson!
Now, as someone who has already seen the movie twice, I highly recommend that you head out to the movies again. Or, if you haven’t seen the film grab the family and head out to see the movie today, it’s rated PG and family friendly! I picked up more from the movie my second time around and my husband and I are even talking about seeing it again.
There is still plenty about #Tomorrowland for us to share so be sure to follow hashtag #TomorrowlandEvent for all the details.
TOMORROWLAND IS IN THEATERS NOW!
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.
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Disclaimer: I was sent on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California courtesy of Disney to experience Tomorrowland and a series of other adventures surrounding the movie. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.