|George Clooney at the Dubai Film Festival|
Actor, filmmaker, human-rights campaigner, two-time "Sexiest Man Alive," and recently dubbed "The Last Movie Star" on the cover of Time magazine, George Clooney has managed to become not only the reigning King of Hollywood, but also the most effective and admired celebrity advocate ever.
This edition of The Fabulous Picture Show is a half hour special based on Amanda Palmer's exclusive interview with George Clooney in December 2007 at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Brought up by a successful broadcast journalist and beauty queen turned mayor, not to mention being the nephew of one of America's best-selling vocalists, Rosemary Clooney, George Clooney quit college to move to LA and try his hand at acting.
After 16 failed TV pilots and a solid but uninspired string of well-paid character roles, he found fame in the '90s as Dr. Doug Ross in the medical drama ER – and instantly became a world-famous heartthrob.
But rather than just ride motorcycles all day and hang out at his luxurious Lake Como home, Clooney had a mission.
He became part of an emerging group of Hollywood celebrities who used their fame to promote world peace – rather than their latest film projects – on the red carpet.
Clooney is now not just an A-List Hollywood star, but also the kingpin of a group of actors and directors such as Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Don Cheadle known as the "Rat Pack With A Conscience."
|He was named a United Nations Messenger of |
Peace for his work in Darfur
Their star power – and their tremendous financial success with Oceans 11, 12 and 13 – culminated in the freedom for George to produce and direct independent films that tackle corruption in the US government, such as the McCarthy-era drama Good Night and Good Luck and the thriller Syriana.
Clooney is now among the most successful celebrity advocates at managing the altruistic side of his persona, sticking mainly to one case - the Darfur crisis.
The actor's efforts towards ending the crisis have included serving as executive director on a documentary on human rights activists along the Chad-Sudan border and co-founding an NGO to bring about a resolution.
In January 2008 he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace for his work on Darfur.
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Saturday 08 March 14:30; 22:30; Sunday 09 March 02:30; 12:30 Monday 10th March 00:30; Tuesday 11th March 13:30; Wednesday 12th March 11:30; 19:30; Thursday 13th March 05:30; Friday 14th March 03:00; 10:30; Saturday 11th March 06:30.
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Source: Al Jazeera