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1.21 Jiggahawtts

By Joanna Robinson | Industry | December 14, 2010 |

By Joanna Robinson | Industry | December 14, 2010 |


First of all, did it work? Did you almost believe for 1.21 seconds that George Clooney might be Kilmering his career by voicing a car? You did, didn’t you? Cool. The real story, a rumor that is flitting around the internets, is that Cloons is in talks to star in and possibly direct a biopic of automotive engineer and executive John DeLorean, best known for developing the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car (which can be seen at the top of the page…not needing any roads).

At first glance this seemed, to me, to be a terrible idea. Clooney is charismatic as hell, sure, but the last car engineering biopic I remember seeing was Tucker: The Man and His Dream with Jeff Bridges and the most exciting part of that 110 minutes was when they discovered seat belts. (Full disclosure, I did not see that movie where Greg Kinnear invents the windshield wiper…mostly because it looked bo-o-o-oring)

After some assiduous research, of the caliber you’ve come to expect in a Pajiba article (a.k.a. lazy wikipedia-ing), I found out John DeLorean was arrested in 1982 for drug-trafficking and that he allegedly turned to drug-trafficking in order to rescue his company from financial ruin. This is great, meaty, dramatic stuff and now I’m envisioning a dramatic car/helicopter confrontation, à la the end of Goodfellas. Replace a coked-up Ray Liotta with a coked-up Clooney and get the DeLoreans involved…possibly flying…cinemagical!

In terms of the casting choice of Cloons, well, I can see it. He and DeLorean both have a certain je ne sais eyebrow about them.

George “Silver Fox” Clooney

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John “Snow Leopard” DeLorean

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Though, clearly, this role belongs to character actor Milo O’Shea. Look at the eyebrows and tell me it’s not true.

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