Speaking at a Friday press conference for his new film The Monuments Men, director George Clooney urged Britain to return VFX jobs stolen from California, claiming Americans “have a legitimate case” in demanding their return.
Responding to a Greek journalist’s question about claims Britain should return “appropriated” historical art treasures, Clooney responded, “Britain has a long history of swiping far more important stuff from the U.S. than the ridiculous number of priceless historical artifacts they’ve looted from around the world. First, they took our Rock ‘n’ Roll. Next, they took all the good movie villain roles. Then, they stole The Office. But that wasn’t enough. So, they decided to steal our visual effects industry. Effing wankers.”
Clooney’s latest film, originally slated to hit theatres this past December 20th, was pushed to February 7th because of problems with the visual effects. When asked about the delay, Clooney didn’t mince words. “Brit vfx houses handle post-production change orders like they handle foreplay – 45 minutes of begging. Working with them was exhausting. Between the incessant whining, the constant breaks for tea and numerous editing bay fistfights over soccer jerseys, nothing got done. We had no choice but to push the film.”
In response to Clooney’s claims, an anonymous and extremely controversial British visual effects industry blogger, RuddyFacedVFXLimeyBastard, defended the shift in recent years of visual effects work from its historical home in California to places like London. “Unfortunately for them, California vfx artists’ growing anger and bitterness is inversely proportional to how much the rest of the world really cares.” The blogger went on to comment, “Missed Monuments Men this weekend. Damn. Hope to see it next weekend if it’s still playing.”