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How George Clooney’s Uncle Jack Helped Him Prepare for ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’

1 October 2015 2:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When George Clooney was cast in the Coen Brothers’ 2000 comedy “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” he naturally turned to a family member for research. He sent the script to his Uncle Jack in Kentucky, with instructions that he read it out loud on tape. His uncle protested, saying he didn’t sound like that, but helped Clooney anyway. “I threw the script away and used the tape recorder,” Clooney recalled Sept. 29 at a 15th anniversary reunion with the cast at Alice Tully Hall at the New York Film Festival. “After two months of shooting, Joel and Ethan came over and they’re like, ‘You say every word exactly as written except you don’t say ‘hell’ and you don’t say ‘damn.’”

That’s when Clooney realized what his Baptist uncle had done. “He rewrote the Coen brothers,” Clooney said. The line got one of many big laughs. After a screening, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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