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George Clooney Agreed To Star In Gravity Under One Condition + Details

George Clooney wanted a home away from home in Gravity

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Although acting genes ran through George Clooney‘s blood with actress/singer Rosemary Clooney is his aunt — it took George Clooney a string of commercials and bit parts on shows including The Golden Girls before George Clooney became one of the most admired actors of our time. George Clooney’s first major role came in 1994 when he landed the role as Dr. Ross on the NBC drama ER.

Ridiculously cool two-time Oscar winner and coffee enthusiast George Clooney has had an illustrious career over the years, both in front of and behind the camera. One of his most notable appearances was in the stunning 2013 sci-fi film "Gravity," written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, which saw him star alongside Sandra Bullock as two astronauts who find themselves in immense danger and at risk of drifting off out into space.

The film won an incredible seven Academy Awards, including best achievement in cinematography and best achievement in directing (via IMDb). Sandra Bullock also earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as astronaut Ryan Stone, who spends most of the film on her own after Clooney's Matt Kowalski sacrifices himself to the great unknown. However, even with a more minor part than we're used to with the Hollywood A-lister, it appears that Clooney made some significant demands to ensure he even turned up for the project — requests that, in retrospect, may be considered just a little out of this world.


Clooney wanted a home away from home in Gravity


George Clooney

It was revealed that before signing on to the project that would send him off to Surrey, England, Clooney requested his accommodations be at a top-tier level to ensure his trip to space was a comfortable one. According to the Sun (via Digital Spy), Clooney requested a custom-made beach hut be built next to his trailer. This little patch of land also came with a private landscaped garden as well as a deck area with a hot tub and a personal basketball court to keep himself busy.

According to sources, the whole job supposedly cost around £100,000 ($135,200), which feels like pocket change considering the bigger picture and the box office success the film received upon release. Although Clooney made quite the demand, with the film ultimately earning $723 billion (via Box Office Mojo), meeting it certainly paid off for the filmmakers.


The Golden Girls Character Everyone Forgets George Clooney Played


George Clooney

Mention the iconic '80s sitcom "The Golden Girls" to any fan and the names likely to come to mind are the series mainstays Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. As the characters Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia, they formed the show's tight-knit circle of friends dealing with their golden years in Miami.

Premiering in 1985, the comedy hit racked up a respectable seven seasons on NBC as it explored the challenges and joys of four women facing "maturity" with courage, confidence, and, often, hilariously dry wit. With its stellar cast of core characters, the series had no trouble attracting a long list of notable guest stars to make cameo appearances, including A-list names like Burt Reynolds, Bob Hope, Leslie Nielsen, and even a pre-fame Quentin Tarantino. 

The list of Hollywood royalty dropping in on the show goes on from there, and with so many major stars turning up, it might be tough to recall exactly who visited the series and what character they portrayed. That said, let's take a look back at "The Golden Girls" character everyone forgets George Clooney played on the show.


Clooney played detective Bobby Hopkins on The Golden Girls


George Clooney

George Clooney, of course, is one of the most reliably castable actors in Hollywood, with star turns in feature films like "Ocean's Eleven," "Michael Clayton," and "The Descendants," as well as his long run as Doug Ross on the medical drama "E.R." His one-off appearance on "The Golden Girls" in 1987 found the actor portraying detective Bobby Hopkins in the episode "To Catch a Neighbor" (via IMDb). 

As reported by Pink Villa, Clooney was interviewed while at the London Film Festival, where he was asked what he recalled about his time on the set of "The Golden Girls." Clooney responded, "I mean when you're a young actor you just want a job. I got a call that they said, 'Do you want to do The Golden Girls?' and I was like, 'Are you kidding?' I got to work with Bea Arthur and Betty White. That was the time of my life, it was so much fun." 

And while today, George Clooney boasts one of the most illustrious careers in the industry, he'll always be Bobby Hopkins to super-fans of "The Golden Girls."




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