George Clooney Quotes Edward R. Murrow in Awards Show Speech Swiping at Trump


George Clooney reçoit le César d’honneur, et il… by CinemaCanalPlus

George Clooney was honored at the César Awards in Paris last night and both he and Jean Dujardin couldn’t help but take some shots at President Trump.

Dujardin “translated” some of what Clooney was saying to the audience. So, for instance, when Clooney said…

“Over the course of my career, I’ve had the great fortune of working with some incredible filmmakers who have protected me and inspired me and taught me what an honor it is to work in film.”

…Dujardin said in French:

“Donald Trump is a danger for the world, and I will do everything to oppose the fear and hate that has settled in.”

Clooney did get serious when he spoke about “pretty momentous changes” happening in the world and said, “As citizens in the world we’re going to have to work very very hard not to let hate win.”

And the director of Good Night and Good Luck invoked the words of Edward R. Murrow:

“Maybe his words some 60 years ago can help put things in perspective. ‘We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must not walk in fear of one another. We must not be driven by fear into an age of unreason. If we dig deep in our history and remember that we are not descendants from fearful people, we proclaim ourselves indeed as we are the defenders of freedom wherever it continues to exist in the world. But we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.’

“The actions of this president have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad and given considerable comfort to our enemies, and whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear, he merely exploited it, and rather successfully. Cassius was right. The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars but in ourselves. Good night and good luck.”

There will no doubt be a bit more of this during the Oscars tomorrow…

You can watch the speech above, via Cinema CANAL.

[image via screengrab]

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