George Clooney: “I was far from thinking that my film would be so topical when it was released”

INTERVIEW – For its seventh achievement, Midnight in the universe, the American filmmaker has adapted a novel which imagines an earthly disaster in the image of the pandemic currently raging.

Reunion with George Clooney in early December. Pandemic obliges, it is by Interposed Zoom that we reached him at his home, in Studio City, in the Hollywood hills. The world has changed a lot since we last met, on February 7, in the Shepperton studios, near London, where he was finishing the filming of Midnight in the universe, his seventh film as a director. Poignant opus in which he plays a lonely scientist based in the Arctic who tries to prevent the crew of a spaceship from returning to Earth, struck by a mysterious planetary catastrophe … Grizzled three-day beard and brown short-sleeved polo shirt, he proves to be talkative and unfiltered, as usual. Conversation broken down.

LE FIGARO. – What made you want to get started on this science fiction project?

George CLOONEY. – Reading the script, I immediately thought it was a compelling story that, even though it is science fiction, could

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