Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on January 21, 2008
Only a couple of Hollywood’s leading men impress me: Johnny Depp is one of them, for obvious reasons. The other is George Clooney. Intelligent, compassionate, talented and witty (not to mention easy on the eye), Clooney’s film choices – “Good Night and Good Luck”, “Syriana”, “Michael Clayton” — mirror his real-life views on politics and the world. Dubbed “The King of Liberal Hollywood”, Clooney slams the US’s reliance on oil from the Middle East, is a senior campaigner with the Make Poverty History movement and is dedicated to raising awareness about the crisis in Darfur.
This week, Clooney was appointed an official “messenger of peace” by the United Nations, a position specifically designed to promote peace-keeping activities around the globe. Clooney pledged to build support for the UN’s “critically important work in some of the most difficult, dangerous and dire places in the world. I am deeply honored to receive this appointment,” he said.
Last April, Clooney — along with “Oceans” co-stars Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon — set up the charity Not On Our Watch, which has already raised $9.3 million for the humanitarian crisis in Western Sudan. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon wanted to build on the achievements Clooney has already made in Darfur by telling him, “You’ve seen first-hand the pain experienced by the victims of war and made it your personal mission to help end violence and human suffering.”
Impressed? I’m head over heels.