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"Monuments Men" praise director Clooney at Berlin

Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 01:47

Feb. 10 - George Clooney and his Monuments Men whip fans at Berlinale red carpet into a frenzy. Joel Flynn reports.

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It's a stellar cast that makes up George Clooney's latest directorial outing, "Monuments Men". Stars like Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray tell the story of art experts tasked with retrieving artistic treasure stolen by the Germans during World War Two. Marshalling so much talent wasn't hard though, Clooney joked. All you needed was a bit of tough love. SOUNDBITE: Actor, George Clooney, saying (English): "That's how you have to treat them. What you learn over a period of time is you can't treat actors nice. You have to be tough with them. And I found if you don't pay them then they'll work really hard just for food." The stars of the film turned out to screaming fans at the Berlin International Film Festival. Matt Damon and Bill Murray both said Clooney deserved all the praise he was getting. SOUNDBITE: Actor, Matt Damon, saying (English) "He is really good at his job, at all four of them, writing, producing directing and acting. And that makes him very easy and fun and he creates a really great environment. We laughed our way through this movie, you know. Every day was fun. It was this incredible cast." SOUNDBITE: Actor, Bill Murray, saying (English): "This is a good group and we are all together in this one and for the sell of the movie and for the showing of the movie. It's nice, we all became good friends and we are all here on this job. George Clooney was a great boss and we love him." As for working with Bill Murray, Clooney said he was one of the more difficult cast members. SOUNDBITE: Actor, Director and Co-Writer, George Clooney, saying (English): "Everybody got along well except for Bill Murray. He is, as you can imagine, he is hard to be around. You have seen him. I said no hats, what does he do? He wears a hat." "Monuments Men" is released in the UK on February 14.

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"Monuments Men" praise director Clooney at Berlin

Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 01:47