George Clooney recalled the moment he came on the set of his 1996 romantic comedy One Fine Day while smelling like a “distillery” in a new conversation with his co-star Michelle Pfeiffer.
The Oscar winner, 59, opened up about his alcoholic workday and an unfortunate eye injury while chatting with Pfeiffer, 62, for Variety’s Actors on Actors series on Wednesday.
As Clooney said, he never intended to get lost but suffered from a scheduling confusion.
Uncorked: George Clooney, 59, admitted he showed up drunk on the set of his 1996 romantic comedy One Fine Day during a chat with Michelle Pfeiffer for Variety on Wednesday; seen on January 14
In the middle of filming, he went out for a drink with a friend and returned home late at night and extremely drunk, only to find a message on his answering machine informing him that he had to be on set early the next morning.
I woke up at 5 am, ”Clooney said. “I was like, ‘I feel good.’ Then I looked at myself in the mirror and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m still drunk.’
“I got on the set and we went to the trailer, I sat down and you looked at me,” he continued. “You go, ‘What?” And I was like, “I didn’t know we were going to work today.” And you say, “You’re still drunk.” ‘
“It’s a scene we did at first where you and I are talking back and forth,” Clooney said, referring to a long shot in one take, demanding that the actors have all their lines. perfectly memorized.
Bad timing: he said he was out drinking with a friend, only to get home and find a message on his answering machine that he must be on set early in the morning.
Without hiding it: “I kept trying to spray as much mouth spray as I could because I smelled like a -” “Like a brewery,” Pfeiffer hopped into it. “- like a distillery,” he finished; always a good day
“ I kept trying to spray as much mouth spray as I could because I felt like a – ”
“Like a brewery,” Pfeiffer said.
“- like a distillery,” he finished.
Both actors appear to have walked through the stage without too much trouble, but Clooney subsequently suffered a serious injury on set that threatened to prevent him from filming.
The Ocean’s Eleven star said he had ‘taken an elbow in the face’ during a basketball game while having lunch with the crew.
Ouch! Clooney subsequently broke his orbit after taking “a bend in the face”, necessitating his scenes to be delayed and the program changed; always a good day
The blow shattered his eye socket and left him with half of his face swelling quickly.
“It just kept swelling up and I was like, ‘I can still shoot,’ he said. ‘I remember we shot scenes where we blocked half of my face with a child.
The shooting schedule was reversed to postpone his scenes because “my eye had to grow back,” he explained.
After Pfeiffer asked him if he was fully healing “ Because you broke your eye socket, ” he laughed with a wink and a playful twitch.
“Pretty much, yeah! It is working fine now. Only when I sneeze!
Cult classic: The film was a box office bomb even though it fondly remembers today, which Pfeiffer attributed to the studio’s poor timing
The half-hour conversation also touched on how One Fine Day is now seen as a fairly well-regarded romantic comedy, even though it has bombed at the box office.
Pfeiffer attributed the studio’s failure to push the February release date back to Christmas because it scored well in test screenings.
This decision left her and Clooney with little time to lobby for the film and to educate audiences about it.
The lack of time: After One Fine Day scored well in test screenings, the studio moved it from February to Christmas, but Clooney and Pfeiffer didn’t have enough time to promote it; always One Find Day