George Clooney: 'Movie magic has never changed'

George Clooney is thrilled when he gets the opportunity to work with Joel and Ethan Coen.

George Clooney doesn’t think filmmaking has changed much since the golden age of cinema.

The Hollywood heavyweight has explored the time period in Coen brothers’ flick Hail, Caesar! which is set in the 1950s. It tells the story of a Hollywood fixer who works hard to keep the studio’s stars in line, with an all star line-up including George, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin and Ralph Fiennes.

While actors are no longer owned by studios, and there have been major advancements in technology, George can't see that much else has changed when it comes to making movies.

"Yes, there’s digital cameras and stuff but it’s still lighting and make up and hitting marks. Not that much changes really, it’s still about storytelling," he said, according to Britain's Daily Express newspaper.

"If you don’t have a good script, you are not going to have a good movie. You can make a bad movie out of a good script but you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script. So in general, things are still the same."

It’s the fourth time George has teamed up with director siblings Joel and Ethan Coen, and despite them tending to cast him as a "knucklehead", the actor can’t stop himself coming back for more. And he can see why the duo, who have bagged four Oscars for their work, always attract such big name stars.

"I’ve worked with some interesting directors and Joel and Ethan are certainly two of those," he smiled. "Listen, I think we are all here because we are thrilled to work with these guys, that’s the truth, if you look at careers of directors they are very seldom doing this kind of work this late in their career – and I mean late, like the end, really."

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