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TIFF 2011: George Clooney for IDES of MARCH

Every girl, woman and even men shrieked with adulation when George Clooney got off his limousine at the 2011 TIFF premiere of his movie with Ryan Gosling, IDES OF MARCH. Not only handsome, bachelor George stars in the movie but also directs and produces it which is based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon.

Dashing Clooney accommodated everyone by making himself available to the fans who have been waiting there for hours. He was mingling with his screaming fans for 40 minutes before he returned to the red carpet for the photograpers and TV crews who were patiently waiting for him.

On the other hand, Canadian Ryan Gosling was a snob. He appeared VERY BRIEFLY to the dismay of his Canadian fans—despite their pleading and cheering for Ryan to come out of the TIFF Tent.

 

IDES OF MARCH

More than any other contemporary Amer­ican actor, George Clooney radiates a charisma that harkens back to the stars of the classic Hollywood era. His screen pres­ence has a timeless allure that is more than matched by the depth and complexity of his acting, and his political engagement is both outspoken and articulate — which makes his latest role, that of a possible Presidential candidate, seem an enticing, almost inevi­table choice. That The Ides of March is also co-written and directed by Clooney, who has proven himself as capable behind the cam­era as before it, only heightens its appeal. Of course, Clooney being Clooney — that is, both self-effacing and a shrewd storyteller — his character isn’t the film’s protagonist. Clooney instead focuses on one of those behind-the-scenes political movers who often go unnoticed — though they’re essential to how things pan out.

When the Democratic primaries begin, Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) is press sec­retary to Governor Mike Morris (Clooney). He is idealistic, approaching his work with a sense of purpose buoyed by his political convictions. But Morris’ persuasive veneer soon begins to peel away for Stephen, who bears witness to more than his share of dirty backroom politics and is gradually forced to adopt a more cynical view of the machina­tions of American electioneering.

Based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon (which was loosely modelled on Howard Dean’s 2004 Democratic primary campaign), The Ides of March sizzles with insights into its thorny milieu. Clooney pulls no punches, but also doesn’t overburden the film with didacticism. His emphasis is on bringing out the best in his typically stellar cast, which includes not only Gosling but Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright. You may not want to vote for Mike Morris, but you will almost certainly cheer on The Ides of March.


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