George Clooney on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly
A timeless star, George Clooney has graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly more than 10 times since the magazine’s inception in 1990. Featured once more with the latest issue, see all of Clooney’s EW covers through the years, ahead.
January 26, 1996
Featured in: From Dusk Till Dawn and One Fine Day.
Best quote from the interview: “I grew up with a very meat-and-potatoes kind of upbringing in Kentucky, so I’m not Mr. Hocus-Pocus. I don’t believe in ESP, or ghosts, or — gulp — you know, literally anything. I tried acupuncturists to get rid of things, and it didn’t work. Don’t believe in — mmmph — chiropractors, either.””
November 22, 1996
Featured in: From Dusk Till Dawn and One Fine Day.
Awards to his name: Two Emmy nominations for ER and one Golden Globe nomination for ER.
May 16, 1997
Featured in: Batman & Robin and The Peacemaker.
Biggest box office success to date: One Fine Day, which made $97.5 million worldwide after its December 1996 debut.
October 8, 1999
Featured in: Three Kings.
Best quote from the interview: “Batman [& Robin] wasn’t a very good movie and I’m not very good in it. But I got wealthy from it. They gave me 3 million bucks and I met with my accountant after it came out and I said, ‘Where do I stand?’ And he said, ‘You never have to work again unless you’re an idiot… I mean, how much money do you actually need? My house is paid off and it’s beautiful — I’ve made it Shangri-la. I drive up my driveway and I laugh. I’m in a position right now where I can live off the interest for the rest of my life and live ridiculously well. So then it comes down to, What is your legacy going to be? What are you going to stand for when you get hit by a bus? You want to be able to say you made a couple of good movies.”
October 10, 2003
Featured in: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and Intolerable Cruelty.
Biggest box office success to date: Ocean’s Eleven, which made $450.7 million worldwide after its December 2001 debut.
January 20, 2006
Featured in: The Good German.
Best quote from the interview: “Film reflects society; it doesn’t lead society. I don’t think we’re first responders. It takes us two years always. The best era of films was 1964 to ’76. They were reflecting all the upheaval in America: the Vietnam rage, the civil rights movement, the drug counterculture, Watergate. All that s— started playing out in film. You find there haven’t been many political films made [recently]. For instance, Three Kings was a really political film, but it didn’t hold political water in 1999, because there was no upheaval. It was just like, ‘Oh, yeah, that was Iraq; that’s done.’ But if you look at it now, the shift in [U.S.] policy made everybody in the world go from [saying] ‘We’re all Americans, we’ve all suffered’ to ‘What the hell are you doing with all this ‘capital’ that you’ve just earned?’ And you start to see some of that outrage play out in cinema. I thought The Constant Gardener was fantastic. That guy’s the real deal, [Fernando] Meirelles. What’s great about Hollywood in general is that when we get told we can’t do something, we tend to be pretty good at going, ‘Hold on a minute.’ Brokeback Mountain is a perfect example of that, where it’s like, Let’s take the most protected cinematic characters — the cowboys — and turn ’em on their ear.”
June 15, 2007
Featured in: Ocean’s Thirteen and Michael Clayton.
Best quote from the interview: “It’s the funniest thing, I have to say: Since [Ocean’s] Eleven, when we started, all the guys have gotten married, had kids, and have whole families. This time there were babies everywhere. We’d be on the set in L.A. and I just sit in the middle of the whole thing like an old man.”
March 13, 2009
Featured in: Up in the Air, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Awards to his name: One Oscar, three Oscar nominations, two Golden Globes, six Golden Globe nominations, two Emmy nominations.
January 8, 2010
Featured in: The American.
Best quote from the interview: “It’s closing in on two years since I’ve really done any interviews. Leatherheads bombed. And what occurred to me is that I did everything. I did the whistle-stop tour. What you realize is, when you’re at a certain place in your career where people know you, it’s not like you have to get known. I don’t want to be more famous. You realize that movies are going to be successful or not based on the trailer and how it’s sold and what people’s perception of the movie is. No amount of going out there and trying to be funny on a talk show or doing covers of magazines is going to make any difference. I don’t believe that’s true for actors who are making their name. But once you get to that place, I find it to be sort of soul stealing.”
January 13, 2012
Featured in: Endless Oscar hype for both The Descendants and The Ides of March.
Best quote from the interview: “For me as an actor, I’m trying to figure out what I’m ill at ease with and try to go there… when you’re nervous, that’s a good thing.”
May 20, 2016
Featured in: Hail, Caesar! and Money Monster.
Best quote from the interview: “I have a real understanding of what being famous is. If you’re lucky, you get a 10-year career. Sometimes you get luckier, and every once in a while you get really lucky.”
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