The star-spangled cast of The Monuments Men visited SiriusXM for a Town Hall moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s Jess Cagle. Attended by director, producer, writer, and film star George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, and Bob Balaban, the actors discussed one of the greatest war stories never told − until now. The cast members also shared what occupation they would have pursued if not acting, and Clooney even offered a his reprisal to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Gravity jibe at the Golden Globes.
Based off of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel, the film chronicles the lives of members of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program: soldiers of the Allied forces who were dedicated to saving precious works of art from destruction during World War II.
Below, Damon discusses his character James Rorimer’s relationship with Rose Valland (played by Cate Blanchett), and Murray mentions his experience portraying a soldier during WWII.
“[She] managed to document in just incredible detail where all the artwork was being stolen and shipped to…She would write these details down on cigarette papers…she literally, single-handedly, basically cataloged where everything was going,” Damon said.
Cagle also asked the monumental cast what career they would have pursued in lieu of acting. “No idea,” playing baseball for the Cubs or the Reds, and even dog therapist were just a few of the responses that followed.
And, of course, despite the sensitivity and patriotism involved in the film’s content, Clooney and the cast shared a lot of laughs at the Town Hall. Clooney and Damon even went so far as to discuss Clooney’s revenge plan on Tina Fey for her joke at the Globes.
“I sent her a letter [pretending to be Matt Damon] going, ‘Dear Tina, Listen: It sounds hypocritical, ’cause I laughed at the jokes about George and Leo, but you know, that’s what people sorta think about them…,” Clooney laughed. “But when you call me a garbage man, it just seems like low-hanging fruit. And I don’t want an apology — I just want you to know that my kid now calls me a garbage man.”
Check out the clips from the Town Hall below, and don’t miss Monuments Men when it hits theaters Friday, Feb. 7.
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