George Clooney Reveals Why He Returned to the Small Screen for ‘Catch 22’

In an interview with the BBC, George Clooney reveals how he was lured back onto the small screen for Catch 22.


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The dark comedy, based on Joseph Heller’s beloved novel, appeared on Hulu as a miniseries, with Clooney directing two of the six episode, including the finale.


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Heller’s 1961 novel  infamously coined the term ‘catch-22’, which refers to a situation that’s impossible to win. Clooney’s series currently holds an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.

From a distance, Clooney’s name to the cast list wasn’t shocking at all. Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon all had roles in the show….



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…but Clooney was unique,  because not only was he an executive producer and director on the show, but he was acting in the series as Scheisskopf.

There was a previous adaptation of the source material, a two-hour 1970 film directed by Mike Nichols, but it received a mixed response from audiences and critics with critic Lucia Bozzola writing “Paramount spent a great deal of money on Catch-22, but it wound up getting trumped by another 1970 antiwar farce: Robert Altman’s MASH.”

Since then there have been many film with the same Catch-22 name, but they have been unrelated. The only related media is a pilot episode for a Catch-22 series that aired on CBS in 1973, starring Richard Dreyfuss of Jaws fame, and now this six part miniseries.

It seems that Catch-22 is at home on the small screen, and thankfully Clooney had a better response to streaming services than many of his colleagues, noting “…it’s not such a bad thing to be able to do these kinds of stories on streaming services, so it’s great”.


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This is an interesting response, considering while Clooney originally made his name in the 1990s medical drama ER, he had since been only involved the silver screen with box office smashes like Gravity and Ocean’s Eleven. But this show lured him back in….

“A lot of the type of stories that I like to tell don’t involve superheroes,” he told BBC News.

Why wouldn’t Clooney want to be involved in a superhero movie. His last one went swimmingly…



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Oh, yeah, that movie.



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