Thanked for Kick-Starting Paris Olympics Hype, Veteran Hollywood Director Narrates Ideas for a Fresh Sport

Published 12/19/2023, 6:45 AM EST

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George Clooney, a delightful and stylish admirer of all things British in Hollywood thus far, has consistently infused a personal flair into his professional responses. This trend continued as Clooney promoted his upcoming film, “The Boys in the Boat,” set to hit theaters on Christmas.

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The veteran actor acknowledges the Olympics for contributing to his movie’s buzz. In line with this, a recent Twitter post reveals Clooney’s clever sports choice in response to a playful question. The acclaimed director’s unexpected selection has generated ripples of surprise in both the sports and entertainment realms.

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NBC Olympics and Paralympics on December 19th shared a new post featuring George Clooney on X handle. In the video, Clooney reveals his hypothetical Olympic sport choice. The caption reads, “George Clooney’s sport if he was an Olympian.”

The NBC host asked, “What’s George Clooney’s sport?” And Clooney being him, humorously responds with “beer chugging.” And, the sound of laughter can be heard in the background. However, before this, the director was asked if NBC owed him thanks, to which he questioned why. The reporter notes that his appearance is the perfect way to kick off Paris Olympics coverage, and Clooney agrees, stating, “Oh yes and that was our goal”. 

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Apart from Clooney’s promotion of his movie, which revolves around the true events of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the film becomes a significant topic for sports and entertainment enthusiasts. However, “The Boys in the Boat” is more than just this aspect. Let’s take a look at the more special parts of the impressive film.

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A closer look at the movie

It’s a serious and moralizing drama portraying an underdog varsity sports team during the Depression era, reminiscent of George Clooney’s 2008 American football film Leatherheads without the humor. Oddly, this earnest yet superficially imagined film seems consistently eager to evoke nostalgic and sentimental emotions about a time and place that none of the involved parties could genuinely remember or experience.

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The narrative unfolds the true account of a determined crew of nine individuals from the modest University of Washington, striving for Olympic rowing gold at the 1936 Berlin Games. They overcome challenges from Ivy League elitists and deceitful Nazis in their pursuit of victory.

Screenwriter Mark L. Smith, renowned for co-scripting The Revenant, adapts Daniel James Brown’s best-selling book of the same title, with Clooney at the helm. Joel Edgerton portrays the stern coach Al Ulbrickson, who daringly opts for his junior crew over more experienced seniors, facing opposition from snobbish US rowing authorities favoring the privileged east coast bluebloods.

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Harshita Chawla

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I'm Harshita Chawla, a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. My journey began as a sports writer for a college magazine, cultivating a rich understanding of content creation in the sports industry. My versatility spans from crafting insightful content on alpine skiing to exploring various facets of gymnastics.
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