George Clooney only has love and support for his best friend Ben Affleck. The 60-year-old “ER” star directed Affleck, 49, in the Amazon Prime film “The Tender Bar,” and recently spoke about why Affleck “deserves” more award nods in his career.
In an interview with Deadline published Friday, Clooney said “I have to say the thing that’s so cool about that is Ben really showed up, and he stuck his neck out, and yes, he’s gotten a SAG award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. He deserves it.”
Ben Affleck received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a supporting role in 2022 for his portrayal of Uncle Charlie in George Clooney’s “The Tender Bar.”
“[Affleck] put his neck out there, and he really worked hard on this, and he hasn’t been acknowledged much as an actor, and he’s a really wonderful actor,” the “Ocean’s Eleven” star said.
Previously, the two collaborated on the drama “Argo.” Clooney produced the film, which Affleck directed and starred in. The film won the pair an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2012. In 1998, Affleck and his friend Matt Damon shared a platinum trophy for creating the screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.”
“I looked at [‘The Tender Bar’] as a real showcase for Ben, and you know, Ben’s been through the ringer,” Clooney added. “He’s been as high as you could get,” he explained. “He stood on the stage and won a couple of Oscars. He knows what it’s like to be at the top of the game, and he also has had some rough patches.”
“Some of them, as he has said many times, self-inflicted,” the father of two told the outlet. “But he’s a fighter, and he’s been out there, and he showed up on this one in such a big way and in such a gracious way, and he’s been doing it for a bit, and it’s fun to see the reactions towards him, and it’d be lovely if the same sort of attention was carried on [to the Oscars]. I think he would deserve it.”
In 1970s Long Island, a 9-year-old child grows up alienated from his father, where he bonds with Ben Affleck‘s character, Uncle Charlie, the proprietor of a neighbourhood pub.
George Clooney went on to say that Ben Affleck was his first choice for the character in the coming-of-age drama, and that the latter accepted it after reading the first ten pages of the script.
“I feel a great responsibility to the actors and the crew and the people who put their hearts into this,” Clooney said. “because, you know, this was not easy to make, and we were all masked up and on location. We’ll see. We’ll see what happens with Ben. I’d like it to happen.”