By George, he did it

'Michael Clayton' preems at Ziegfeld

Despite suffering a broken rib from a motorcycle accident Friday, George Clooney managed to make it to the Monday premiere of his latest pic, “Michael Clayton,” at the Ziegfeld.

After the screening, thesp and his girlfriend Sarah Larson, who was on crutches due to a broken foot from the collision, mingled at the Harvard Club with pic’s writer-director Tony Gilroy and guests Ellen Barkin, Rene Russo and Kate Walsh.

Gilroy admitted that making “Clayton” his directorial debut was no easy feat. “After reading the script, George said, ‘I would love to do it, but I don’t want to work with a first-time director, and I don’t want to meet this guy. I don’t want to waste any time.'”

After that setback, Gilroy said he spent two years trying to get some of the financing in place. Once he did that, he “started bothering everybody I knew who knew George to get a meeting.”

A month later the two sat down, and after “10 hours” of talking, Clooney agreed to make “Clayton” with Gilroy in the director’s chair.

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