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Clooney becomes a psychic soldier

16 May 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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We suspect that usually George Clooney's stare only makes him a ladykiller, but today, he's signing on for a different task: killing goats with only the power of his mind. Yes, he'll be starring in The Men Who Stare At Goats, to be directed by his producing partner and Good Night, And Good Luck co-writer Grant Heslov.

The story's based around the US Army's semi-mythical First Earth Battalion, which apparently investigated psychic powers and non-lethal weapons during the late 1970s and 1980s, after Lt. Col. Jim Channon went on a fact-finding mission through the hippy communes of California and came back advocating ginseng regulators, divining tools, omni-directional thought and colourful uniforms so that "individuals will shine through the conformity. Groovy dude. They also had a goat lab at Fort Bragg, where for 25 years soldiers tried to kill goats by staring at them. Allegedly, it worked once, but we suspect that had more to do with the goats by that point probably being quite old.

The film's based on the book all about the events by journalist Jon Ronson, with a script by How To Lose Friends and Alienate People's Peter Straughan. While Heslov's directed before, this is his highest profile film to date, what with bestest bud the Cloonster starring. And also staring. So fingers crossed for something truly groovy, man.

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Your Comments

This is actually a pretty entertaining book. I wonder how it'll translate to the big screen though. And...Clooney? Meh. More

Posted by methroach at 17:09 on 16 May 2008 | Report This Post much as i like the cloonster...staring at goats? surely this is going to be unintentionally hilarious? sounds like something out of Father Ted More

Posted by TufnellStHubbins at 14:42 on 16 May 2008 | Report This Post

@Tyler: I'm with you on this one. This could be the new Batman & Robin. More

Posted by VijayUK at 12:48 on 16 May 2008 | Report This Post

Oooh, this could be great if they handle it well. I just hope they don't try and make it an out and out comedy. Clooney and Heslov could be a good team and make this a nice little portrait of some of the US Army's stranger assignments. More

Posted by riothejedi at 12:04 on 16 May 2008 | Report This Post

Sounds fucking stupid More

Posted by Tyler_Durden at 11:45 on 16 May 2008 | Report This Post

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