George Clooney may get his ultimate revenge against Bill O'Reilly if he is willing to be cast way against type. The author of "The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O'Reilly," out today from St. Martin's Press, wants the activist actor to play the conservative Fox TV host, who's jousted with Clooney more than once, in a movie version."Recommend"? What is that even supposed to mean? Do people regularly ask O'Reilly to make human being recommendations? ("Try the Ann Coulter - insouciant but very nutty.")
TV critic Marvin Kitman spent five years researching the book, interviewing O'Reilly 29 times. He says Clooney, who directed "Good Night, and Good Luck," about the great journalist Edward R. Murrow, could do it. "That's why they call it acting," Kitman said.
This, despite Clooney telling us in the past that O'Reilly "mistakenly sees himself as Murrow."
He also compared O'Reilly to redbaiting Sen. Joe McCarthy - unfavorably.
"Unlike McCarthy, O'Reilly was never elected to public office. What's more, Joe McCarthy was never accused of telling one of his female staff members she should use a vibrator" - one of the sex-harassment claims of a former Fox News staffer.
For his part, O'Reilly has said, "Many of the ideologues on the left - George Clooney, these people - all are underestimating the danger we are in. ... They don't believe we're in the middle of World War III, they don't understand Islamic fascism and jihad." He also has said, "I don't recommend Clooney as a human being."
Perhaps some lighthearted gossip will soothe my aching brain.
Michael Sheen uncovered an interesting tidbit while researching his role as U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair for "The Queen."Or not...
"I met [Blair's] daughter a couple of days before we started filming," Sheen told us. " 'What does your dad wear in bed?' That was the first question I asked her. And she just got very blushed. And she said in the summer, he doesn't wear anything."
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