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George Clooney: 'Matt Damon would use Batman & Robin against me'

By and Tom Mansell
George Clooney has joked about his ill-fated stint as a superhero in Batman & Robin.


Clooney, whose latest directorial offering The Ides of March is screening at the BFI London Film Festival, brought up his turn in the critically-panned 1997 blockbuster when discussing how Hollywood is a less cutthroat industry than politics.

"Most actors are pretty kind to one another because you're so lucky if you get to the position where you get to be in a film, you're very privileged and you understand that it's not just your brilliance that got you there," he said. "There's a certain generosity with most actors that I don't see in politics."

Clooney's Ides of March co-star Evan Rachel Wood added: "Can you imagine if we had ads on TV campaigning against other actors for roles?"

Clooney then suggested his Ocean's Eleven colleague Matt Damon would use Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin against him.

"It would just be shots of me in a rubber suit, a Batman outfit! Matt Damon taking [out the ad]!" he quipped.

Alicia Silverstone, George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell in "Batman and Robin"

© Rex Features / Everett Collection



Clooney recently described Batman & Robin as "really s**t", saying: "With hindsight it's easy to look back at this and go, 'Woah, that was really s**t and I was really bad in it'.

"The truth is, my phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film', and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!"

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