George Clooney fans brave the cold
Published 24/02/2011 | 16:06
George Clooney has attracted huge crowds in the streets of Cincinnati - with fans standing in the cold for hours to watch the star film Ides Of March.
The Hollywood heartthrob directs and stars as a Democratic governor running in the presidential primaries in the film which is shooting around the region in which he grew up.
Dozens of fans stood for hours with cameras and cell phones at the ready, to watch him film on Wednesday in Cincinnati's downtown Fountain Square and a recent casting call for 1,500 extras drew 23,000 responses.
Crew members asked fans to be still whenever filming began, and their requests were consistently met with a hush.
"It's been fine," movie publicist Tracey Schaefer said of the crowds. "People have been very respectful of the boundaries."
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, George grew up in the Cincinnati area of Ohio where his father, Nick Clooney, was a popular local journalist and TV personality. His late aunt Rosemary Clooney was a famed singer.
Veteran Cincinnati Enquirer media writer John Kiesewetter said local people have bonded with the actor.
"He's not just a huge star to people here; they have grown up with him", he said. "They feel like they know him. They feel like he's one of us."
WCPO-TV sports anchor Dennis Janson says George has made time to see old friends - he hadn't seen the TV anchor for 20 years, but greeted him with a bear hug and quickly started talking about the University of Cincinnati Bearcats basketball team and the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
The film also stars Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman.