*This December, chill out with George Clooney in the Arctic where he’s portraying a lonely scientist in “The Midnight Sky” from Netflix.
The Academy Award winner, director and producer talked to EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas about carbon emissions, novel fans and pregnancy.
Fahnia Thomas: What’s your carbon footprint pet peeve?
George Clooney: It’s frustrating when you see people throwing stuff on the ground. Or sludge getting dumped – I grew up in Cincinnati and would see stuff getting dumped into the Ohio River. [Makes you ask the question] is this the best you can do in terms of taking care of the planet?
FT: How do you balance engaging film fans and book fans?
GC: We talked with Lily (Brooks-Dalton) about it. I read the screenplay but I hadn’t read the book. Then I read the book and there were some differences and then as we were shooting things changed…Felicity (Jones) called me and said she was pregnant and suddenly we had to change everything. Finally, funny enough it ends up being a really important part of the story. It feels like a continuum. It’s also nice to have a pregnant woman that doesn’t sit around going, ‘I’m pregnant’ but she just gets about doing her job which is what women do. It’s what my wife did when she was pregnant. It’s fun to see it that way. Things change from a book to a film – a book tells you how you’re feeling and a film shows you visually how you’re feeling. Lily loves the movie, so I feel like we did what we were supposed to do.
FT: What did you learn while filming “The Midnight Sky?”
GC: You have to be open to the idea of radical change even in storytelling. The first thing we tried to do when Felicity said she was pregnant was to hide it and shoot around her because it wasn’t in the script, it wasn’t in the story. It required rewriting a lot of things like giving the kid a name, adding the sonogram and then adding an ending. You gotta go with the flow and you can’t fight against nature.
For more details on Netflix’s “The Midnight Sky” follow @themidnightskymovie | #TheMidnightSky or visit: www.netflix.com/title/80244645. It starts streaming on December 23