“Working with George (Clooney) is like working for your favorite 5-year-old kid,” John Goodman said of being directed for the first time by the actor-director in “The Monuments Men.” “He knows what he wants. It’s like play. It was great.”
“The Monuments Men,” which was co-written by George based on a book chronicling how a crew of art historians and museum curators hunted down works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them, pits John with Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and Jean Dujardin. George stars in the film, too.
“It was probably the most fun I ever had making a movie because of George, Matt Damon and Bill Murray sitting around,” admitted John, smiling and casually dressed on a recent morning at The London Hotel in New York. The actor took off his blazer and rolled up his sleeves when he sat down. “We would just sit around and crack jokes.”
The Daily: And you designed the dress for Matt Damon's wife, Luciana, when they renewed their vows in St Lucia.
Naeem: Yes, it was important that the dress be aesthetically and environmentally correct for what the wedding was. We wanted it to be chiffon - light and airy. After the wedding, Lucy had her shoes off - we were partying until, like, three o'clock in the morning - and the dress still worked. They are dear friends of mine. I can't believe I cried; they've been married for, like, eight years! I mean, really! Why did I have a tear in my eye! I think there's something about weddings that makes you super emotional.