"I didn't know about that before George told me," says Damon, who slashed his usual fee and then shot after wrapping four others that he'd made back-to-back. It's that incredible thing where people are like: 'Well, we're not racist; we just don't want them to live here.' "Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Black Bear Pictures The Paramount release, filmed in Los Angeles last year on a budget of million, blends the political awareness that inspired Clooney's (2005) with the satirical vision of the Coen brothers, though neither was involved beyond writing the original script."Grant and I felt an incredible responsibility to the Coens," says Clooney."The tone of their film was very, very dark, and we thought that was a good thing.
Since then, he's also bought an adjacent property, the Villa Margarita, partly to keep that building from becoming a viper's nest for enquiring minds. Not Scaramucci-racy, but ...; you know, I have over the years with my friends said a lot of really [outrageous things].That the interloper would also exploit his babies tapped into the peculiar nexus where Clooney's sense of private rights and public wrongs collide, adding fuel to both.He long ago abandoned hope of maintaining any part of himself for him alone, but now he's thinking about his wife and children."Every single day there's some crazy sort of infringement," he says. That's what we have to do.' But when someone breaks the law, that's beyond what we bargained for, beyond the pact I made: that when you're famous, you're going to be followed.Clooney is hoping Obama will visit his Lombardian estate, just as he did Clooney's home in Sonning, England, where the former president spent a night in early June (along with a squadron of Secret Service), remaining for a five-hour meal, bantering and playing hoops. "I think it really bothered him."He and Obama have a jocular relationship that at times teeters into the risque. ' because it's just foul, and you think, 'Well, that would probably not be great if it came out.' "Clooney understands these risks better than anyone.
I glimpse a text from the former president on the actor's phone. He knows the pitfalls of fame, alert to all the dangers; whatever naivete might once have been part of him has long gone in the glare of public scrutiny.But their script depicted only the white family's tale.