Julia Roberts and George Clooney reunite on the big screen after a 12-year break in their intense, new movie Money Monster.
The Oscar winners last paired up for 2004’s Ocean’s Twelve, but the wait seems well worth it.
In the Jodie Foster-directed thriller, Clooney plays Lee Gates, a TV finance guru, who hosts a popular show produced by Roberts’ character, Patty Fenn. Gates is forced to dig deeper when a disgruntled viewer (Jack O’Connell) holds the set hostage during a live taping after losing a fortune by gambling on one of Gates’ stock recommendations. What Gates finds is corruption that goes all the way to the top.
What Gates finds is corruption that goes all the way to the top.
“I think it’s a story about all of us feeling in control and not in control of our own lives,”; Roberts says in a behind-the-scenes clip.
Roberts goes on to explain her character’s goal in the film, saying, “She is trying to stay calm and collected and connected to Lee [Clooney] to keep him calm and understand what’s going on in the studio, and at the same time trying to find the people and try to find out what’s really going on.”;
According to Foster, Clooney was uniquely qualified to play the fictional TV personality because of his willingness to look at the darker side of issues.
“We love the idea of talking about the world of money and how it’s gotten out of control,”; Clooney said. “And when those things go wrong, the little guy gets screwed.”;
Money Monster, also starring Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito and Caitriona Balfe, hits theaters May 13.
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