Clooney wanted co-star thrown off set

Anna Kendrick and George ClooneyGeorge Clooney tried to get his co-star Anna Kendrick thrown off the set of their film because he didn’t know who she was. The actor had never heard of the 24-year-old actress until she signed on to star opposite him in Up in the Air. When he arrived at the first cast read-through, he saw Anna paging through the script and, mistaking her for a spy trying to steal the film, asked director/writer Jason Reitman to have her removed. “You know, I didn’t know who Anna was until the table reading,” George said. “And then I tried to get Jason to fire her because I thought she was trying to steal the movie.” George has joked his opinions of Anna didn’t improve once he got to know her. He became convinced she was going to overshadow him in the film, and claims he was stunned by the flawless performance she gave. “I don’t like Anna Kendrick,” he joked to Empire magazine. “I don’t like that girl. Anna is going to be sort of defined by this and it was a perfect part for her. She really does it all and she’s really exciting.” George Clooney is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Up in the Air, while Anna and their other co-star Vera Farmiga will compete for Best Supporting Actress.

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  1. mandee • March 5, 2010 @ 1:26 AM

    he could have been nicer about his comment lol.

  2. J.B. • March 5, 2010 @ 10:15 AM

    Well, the reason he doesn’t like her now is very well founded. She’s a jaw-dropper in the looks, and a jaw-dropper in her performance in the movie. I look forward to seeing more of her.

  3. Bonkers • March 6, 2010 @ 7:34 PM

    Duh… He’s joking you morons! If you ever heard any of his interviews, he’s the nicest, smoothest, most charming actor ever and he is also a jokester. He would never say anything nasty about anyone as he’s too smart to lower himself to that level. One example of that was when he was asked about Paris Hilton back in the day when she was first busted and sent to jail. Everyone else was being condescending and judgmental, making fun of her and such. All he said was that he was thankful that when he was growing up and making his mistakes there weren’t papparazzi around to document it. Classy…

  4. Nancy • March 8, 2010 @ 3:39 PM

    “Duh… He’s joking you morons!”

    “He would never say anything nasty about anyone as he’s too smart to lower himself to that level.”

    So, are you saying you’re not smart like him?

    LMAO! Just sayin’.

  5. tributegirl • March 9, 2010 @ 5:57 PM

    Jee, Bonkers…..realllllyyyy???? Ya really think he’s just joking? Wow, you are amazing at reading between the lines, good thing we got you here to keep us all in line!

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