THE AMERICAN blog by Anton Corbijn
Welcomed Back With Open Arms
Posted July 19, 2010
We shot some new stuff, at a late stage, at the same locations in Abruzzo. You'd think the people there would have been happy to see the last of us the first time but no, they welcomed us back with open arms. We managed to get most of the same crew together for these few days of shooting and it also brought us a new face to the film: veteran belgian actor JOHAN LEYSEN. It was a wonderful experience and Johan's work in the film will be the icing on the cake. George Clooney is the only american in the film so he can call himself the American with full justification. Here is George last autumn, recording sounds of lambs on his iphone. Never a dull moment.
George - Always Ready
Posted July 06, 2010
It might be in George's character or down to his experience as a director, but you could never fault him for not understanding what is needed from an actor on set. He was always ready before you were and ALWAYS on set. Never in his trailer. It cannot be emphasised enough what a gift that is to a director, and to a film. In this photograph he is killing time by playing cards with his body guard in the bar in Castel del Monte.