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George Clooney is no stranger to war movies (Three Kings, about the Persian Gulf War, and The Thin Red Line, about WWII, come to mind), but can he make war funny?
At a press conference this morning, Clooney discussed his upcoming film, The Men Who Stare at Goats. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name, the film tells the story of a secret unit of the US Army who "believed troops could become invisible, walk through walls and kill goats just by staring at them." Clooney's character is "a New Age hippie soldier trained for psychic, peaceful combat." And the setting? The war in Iraq.
Does this mean war comedy is making a comeback? After the success of last year's Tropic Thunder, maybe it's not too surprising. Still, isn't it too early to joke about Iraq, a war that we're still fighting?
Maybe so; Clooney was quick to qualify this morning that it's not "an Iraq war film": "We thought of it as a comedy about some crazy ideas."
(Speaking of crazy ideas: during the Q&A, a man in the audience stripped down to his underwear and asked George for a kiss. Pretty sure this has never happened to anyone who is not George Clooney.)