George Clooney, Coen Brothers Address Refugee Crisis at Berlin Film Festival

George Clooney, Coen Brothers on Hail
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For much of the world, George Clooney has become the face of Hollywood’s humanitarian conscience, so it was no surprise that many of the questions at Thursday’s Berlin Film Festival press conference for Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” went beyond the film to the current refugee crisis gripping Europe.

Clooney said he would meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to discuss the refugee crisis, as well as with refugees. More than a million refugees, many of them from war-torn Syria, have arrived in Germany over the past year, and many continue to flee their homeland.

Asked if he would consider making a sequel to “Syriana,” or other films exploring the issue of refugees and war, Clooney said tackling such subjects in film remains challenging, adding that he has long tried to make a film about Sudan and Darfur, but that “finding the proper venue and script” had been difficult.

At one point Clooney was visibly irked by yet another question on the humanitarian crisis when a Germany-based Mexican journalist asked what exactly the actor was doing to assist. “I’d like to know what you are doing to help the situation?” he asked her pointedly. She responded by telling Clooney that she works with an organization in Wolfsburg to help refugees, from organizing movie nights to collecting clothes and toys.

Joel Coen, who with his brother served as president of last year’s Cannes Film Festival jury, noted that while he would like to see a film tackle the current refugee crisis, French director Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” about refugees fleeing post-civil war Sri Lanka, had won the Palme d’Or.

Despite the serious subject matter, the press conference drew plenty of laughs as Clooney, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Alden Ehrenreich and the Coens recounted their experience on the production.

Tatum won much audience praise for his six-minute-long song and dance routine in the pic, and Brolin drew loud laughs with his response to a question about a scene in the film in which he slaps Clooney repeatedly: “I think it’s something everyone has wanted to do for a long time. I did it for all of you.”

The pic drew loud applause in Berlin. Commenting on its loving look at the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, Joel Coen said: “We didn’t live through the era, so it can’t really be nostalgic, but it is a romanticized version of Hollywood in the 1950s, that movie-making factory.” He pointed out, however, that while there are “elements of affection and admiration, I’m not sure how we would have operated in that environment.”

The film touches on the Red Scare that gripped Hollywood in the 1950s, but when asked how the brothers would compare the McCarthyism of the time to a possible Donald Trump presidential victory, the Coens were slow to answer.

“I can’t really relate McCarthyism in the ’50s with Donald Trump,” said Ethan Coen. “Trump getting elected is getting into the surreal,” added Joel Coen.

“Hail, Caesar!” is the Coens’ second pic to open the Berlinale — “True Grit” kicked off the fest in 2011.

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  1. And the Clooneys are starting…video is expected to be released shortly of them visiting a “refugee camp” probably from their carefully crafted visit with ‪#‎Merkle‬ a few weeks ago. It will be staged, edited, and carefully directed to make them look like the “humanitarians” they claim to be.

    Keep all of this in mind when ‪#‎georgeclooney‬ starts in a few weeks with his “humanitarian” message about being “compassionate” towards “refugees” and the International Rescue Committee release staged and edited video of him and “human rights attorney” wife ‪#‎amalclooney‬ in a “refugee camp” weeks after they first supposedly visited and as we find that ‪#‎JohnKaisch‬ received $200K+ from Soros just before announcing that if he won the Presidency he’d grant amnesty in 100 days:

    Google and read “‪#‎MeettheClooneys‬” at Red Nation Rising to trace the decade plus long association between Clooney and ‪#‎georgeSoros‬:

    Then google “‎IRC‬ honors George Soros 2013″

    And then earlier this year he admitted to manipulating the ” ‪#‎refugeecrisis‬ ” because “borders are the problem” to “global” everything. (many articles can be found on that)

    The Clooneys have NO INTEREST in “refugees” or “humanitarian” anything. They work for this guy, and this guy is working hard toward elimination of national sovereignty for a global governance of some kind (UN, etc.). Vote accordingly…unless, of course, needing an ID to vote is racist or ‘disenfranchising” in the U.S., (but not to get into a ‪#‎HillaryClinton‬ rally) which Soros pushes, as well? You can find that under “NY Times Soros Bankroll Voting Rights” because illegals should have the “right” to vote.

    I originally posted the links but HR holds it for moderation. No way will they get through as Soros, Clooney, and their ilk run Hollywood.


    It is more humane to send them to Muslim countries. Muslims share religion, customs, mores, values and often language. Why is Europe on the brink and America wasting precious time & energy arguing over A NON ISSUE. There are PLENTY of Muslim /Muslim Majority countries AND plenty of money. THERE ARE about 50 of them!!

    LOOK at the many choices available to them which offer a wide variety of climates, locals, cuisine, degrees of conservatism/liberalism, similar gender roles and, perhaps most importantly, VARIOUS SECTS.

    Saudi Arabia
    United Arab Emirates
    parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, parts of Bulgaria, Montenegro and Macedonia are majority Muslim
    all the other stans AND MORE!!!

    Why are we doing this to them? Why not one of the Muslim countries that share the same sect – WE COULD PAY FOR A GREAT LIFESTYLE FOR THEM IN SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES. Our dollars that we would use here for them won’t go as far as in other countries ….

  3. Verdad gracios says:

    what do you expect from a actor/celebrity. He has no power? His wife? Hee Hee?

  4. Sherry says:

    Sighted and sourced where? Don’t make such claims without baking it up with legitimate information. What would Clooney gain from toppling countries and ruining economies? Perhaps he acted like a petulant child because someone through out unsubstantiated claims like yours and he was tired of it. Or perhaps he’s occassionally tired of being the Hollywood Humanitarian at every junket. Yes, he was made to look the fool. He doesn’t have the market on humanitarism and shouldn’t believe he does. But toppling countries and causing the refugee crisises that he works hard to bring to plumber Joe’s attention and help the refugees in other ways- to what end- globalization and money laundering? Please do back up your potentially libelous statements with more than a flippant closing remark.

  5. Politically Incorrect says:

    Clooney was irked by her question and then fired back like a petulant child? We know why. It’s because he is heavily financed by admitted refugee crisis manipulator George Soros via the Center for American “Progress” where his money laundering “Enough” project is housed as well as “The Sentry” and by Vartan Gregorian, a leading financial backer of the Muslim indoctrination of US children via the Common Core curriculum, who is the financial backer to the Clooneys “100 Lives” initiative is claims to worry about genocide. Both men have spent tens of millions of dollars relocating “refugees” in hopes of collapsing the sovereignty of nations. Soros did collapse the economies of England, Thialand, Russia, and now China has told him to back off. The Responsibility to Protect, Restrain the Veto…these are all globalist UN initiatives SUPPORTED BY CLOONEY to destroy borders so that the UN can swoop in an rape a country’s resources. See: Sudan, Darfur, Libay….this has resulted in some of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, but ada about the genocide of Christians worldwide by radical Muslims. Read all about it…cited and sourced…

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