By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National writer
George Clooney’s co-star, friend, and collaborator, nearly gathered to share anecdotes and praised his contributions as an actor, director, humanist and coworker – not to mention the sexiest man Alive twice.
Among the tributes to Clooney at the Museum of the annual benefit of the Museum of Modern Art was David Letterman, who recalled Clooney once telling him that “today I take with me.”
Clooney had told him that his humanitarian efforts in Darfur were largely untrue, as he hoped it would not make any difference. “What do you mean, just keep trying,” Letterman was quoted as saying, “if it doesn’t work the first time, try something else.”
“And I thought, ‘This is such a simple, great way to express the importance of helping others,” Letterman said. “I’ve never forgotten it and I never will.”
The tribute received praise with humor. Actor David Oyelowo, who appears in Clooney’s new Netflix film “The Midnight Sky”, told him, “I’m so grateful to be in your class.” He also quipped how Clooney is polite – but sometimes falsely, “because he would get over the fact that he (People’s) Sexiest Man Alive Twice was in almost every conversation.”
Juliana Margulies, who co-starred with Clooney in the TV drama “ER” early in her career, told how she used to say she loved to drive, and he asked her, “Have you ever driven a Porsche Is it? “And then she handed him her key and said” Let’s take a spin. “
“And I thought, ‘Who is this man who is letting me run my Porsche? This guy can’t be real,’ he said.” I’ll read the telephone book for you, my friend. “
Clooney joins a group of previous MoMA honors, including Martin Scorssey, Tom Hanks, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and others. Muma’s annual film benefit raises funds to bring the film’s great works into the museum’s collection. This year, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the channel – presented by the channel since 2011 – also benefits Artist Relief, an emergency initiative supporting the artists.
Paying a virtual tribute on Monday evening were actors Felicity Jones, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Chandler and Damian Bichir, who appear in “A Midnight Sky”, starring in Clooney and the directors.
Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton and Bradley Cooper also appeared.
In his remarks, Clooney stated how he would first come to Moma “as a child from a small town in Kentucky, and it opened my eyes to a whole world, a world where anything is possible.” He also cast some shadow on President Donald Trump.
Gain had some clips from several of Clooney’s films: “Michael Clayton,” “Syria,” “Descendants,” “Gravity,” and “Good Knight, and Good Luck,” others.
In earlier comments by The Associated Press, Clooney stated that “Good Night, and Good Luck” was perhaps his most prolific professional achievement. The 2005 film, which he directed and co-wrote with Grant Heslov, journalist Edward R. Portrayed the conflict between Muro and Senator Joseph McCarthy.
“I wrote a film about the Fourth Estate when the other three estates dropped the ball, and I was proud of it,” he said. He said he was also proud of “The Midnight Sky”, as it is one of the same issues of responsibility and how we have to look for each other, and what the man can do. “
Clooney also told AP that he found the most about parenthood; He and Amal Clooney are parents to 3-year-old twins.
“What I have learned is that everyone who knows children and they don’t tell you is that they are born with their own personality, and … basically your job is to make sure that they Live until they can feed themselves. “
“Because the truth of the matter,” he said, “do they already have all their personalities. My daughter and son are twins so I can really compare the two. They are very different. So most of it just keeps them alive. Is about keeping when they plot to overthrow the whole family. “
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