George Clooney is one of those actors who has it all, a long successful career and critical acclaim.
His filmography includes classics like the Ocean’s franchise, O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading.
There are also films in his back catalogue which are probably best not spoken about – *cough* Batman & Robin *cough* – but even they can’t dim his universal star appeal.
But in a recent interview with The Sunday Times (paywall), it seems his artistic ouvre may well be coming to a close.
You only have to look at Clooney to know he isn’t short of a few quid, and according to the man himself that’s precisely why he doesn’t see himself stepping in front of the camera any time soon.
He’s really been struggling for years earning a tiny $16.5 million per movie on average, but thankfully his financial troubles are now over.
Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore.
Well, yeah, I shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl. But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in The Verdict, I’d jump.
But there aren’t that many like that. Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion f*cking dollars. I don’t need money.
Clooney has been moving away from his poor man’s lifestyle as an international movie star since his foray into the world of tequila.
Back in June, Clooney sold his tequila company Casamigos, for one billion dollars.
The news also doesn’t mean he’s moving away from Hollywood completely. He’s been making a move from the limelight to the director’s chair in recent years.
His latest movie Suburbicon has a massive pedigree attached that only someone with stellar Hollywood connections could pull together.
The film, which has had a less than healthy time at the box-office has talent attached which any filmmaker would dream of having.
It’s co-written by Clooney and the Coen brothers, and stars Matt Damon, Julianne More and Oscar Isaac.
Watch the trailer below:
The synopsis reads:
Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns... the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that.
But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.
Despite the talent attached to the project, the film has received a roundhouse kicking from critics and moviegoers alike.
Not that Clooney will care, you know with that billion dollars and everything. And you know, he is George Clooney so he can always turn back to acting with those handsome chops.