Behind the Scenes: The Monuments Men (2014)
“(My producing and writing partner Grant Heslov) and I finished shooting The Ides of March and looked back at the films we’d been doing, and it was nothing but cynical films. We’re really not cynical people, so we thought we should do one with a positive view of the world.” – George Clooney on the origins of The Monuments Men during his reddit AMA
After failing to make its initial December release date, the George Clooney-directed Monuments Men hits theaters nationwide today. The $70 million World War II flick is loosely based on the true story of a group of artists and academics (including Billy Murray, John Goodman and Matt Damon) recruited to help the Allied forces prevent Adolph Hitler from destroying the classic works of art he’d been pillaging from across Europe.