You just wrapped Monuments Men for George Clooney, who, last I saw you together, you smacked in the face with a tree branch, stole his money, and crushed his friend’s toad.
[Laughs] I hit him in the head with a branch and then George says, “I don’t think I get what you’re saying.” George is a funny guy. Originally I told him Monuments Men was like working with a 12-year old, because he has this kind of buoyancy of spirit and it’s infectious. I’ve loved working with him since we were on Roseanne together. He worked his ass off on this movie, but he makes it look easy. We all cracked each other up, but we were there to serve the script. And that’s a tribute to George.
In the movie, you play one of the experts who’s brought in to rescue priceless works of art from the Nazis during World War II.
Yes, he’s a sculptor who’s brought in to track down the stolen art from the Nazis and try to steer away damage from churches and the world of art there and in public places.
Clooney and Heslov said in their videotaped message that all the actors in Monuments Men, including Matt Damon, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett -- worked for cheap. Clooney directs and stars in the film, which wraps this week and tells the story of a group of men who worked to retrieve art stolen by Hitler.
"The cheapest of them all was you," Heslov quipped.
"But I do coffee commercials, so I'm fine," Clooney responded, drawing a huge applause from the crowd at CineEurope.