NO doubt the residents of Fingest will be taking a block booking to see this latest war movie which is directed by and stars George Clooney. Good old George (not only a superstar and totally gorgeous, but also a thoroughly nice chap by all accounts) was spotted lurking around St Bartholomew’s Church and the Chequers pub in the village last June.
It turned out that he was filming a scene from The Monuments Men in the church (the vicar had been told not to mow the grass for a month in order to recreate a medieval graveyard look) and, being totally devoid of diva-ishness, Cloons was quite happy to pose for photos with star-struck villagers.
This is Clooney’s fifth outing as a director and at $5 million this is the biggest budget he’s had to play with so far. The movie is adapted from the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M Edsel.
Based on a true story, this action drama is about an unlikely Second World War platoon instructed by President Roosevelt to go into Germany to rescue works of art stolen by the Nazis.
It seems like a mission impossible, since the masterpieces are trapped behind enemy lines and the seven-strong gang is made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians rather than experts in wartime logistics, but they are willing to defend the work with their lives.Clooney plays George Stout, former director of Boston’s Gardner Museum and Matt Damon plays art historian James Rorimer, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.