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George Clooney praises Australians after filming latest film in Queensland

George Clooney spoke out about “brave” Aussies after filming in Queensland late last year.

Actor with Julia Roberts and the whole Tickets to Heaven cast was required to quarantine for two weeks before filming could begin in the Sunshine State.

Although the Oscar-winner admits there are “some inconveniences,” he’s happy to do it – hitting back at Americans in the process.

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(from left) Directors Ol Parker, Julia Roberts and George Clooney on the set of Tickets to Heaven.
George Clooney has spoken out about “brave” Aussies after filming in Queensland late last year. (Universal image)

“I think it’s also important to remember that what we have to do in [making the movie]compared to what everyone else has been through, you know what I mean,” Clooney said at a press conference in London.

“The people of Australia, the citizens of Australia really bowed their heads and going through this, they really made huge sacrifices.

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“And if we, in the United States, had done that we would have 900,000 more people alive today. So what they did was incredibly brave and very hard work for their economy. .

“So for us to come, it was nothing, we just walked in and we had some inconvenience but they went through a long and difficult tagline. So we feel very honored. It’s nice to be around and be with people who are taking things very seriously.”

Tickets to paradise
Although the on-set COVID-19 case shut down production for several weeks, that was a sentiment Roberts agreed to. (Universal image)

Despite the COVID-19 case on set shutting down production for a few weeks, it was a sentiment Roberts agreed to, simply saying “yes” to support you and her co-star.

Something else the couple agreed on was joking about how dangerous filming in Australia felt.

“Everything there is huge,” Clooney told 9Honey Celebrity during the press conference, and Roberts added: “Everything is trying to kill you!”

“Oh, there’s a frog there… no, don’t touch it, it’ll kill you,” Clooney said, later adding: “You’ve got this world’s smallest jellyfish ‘you get in the water, they will kill you’.

This image released by Universal Pictures shows George Clooney, left, and Julia Roberts in "Tickets to Heaven."
In the romantic comedy, the duo play a divorced couple trying to sabotage their young daughter’s impulsive habits after getting engaged on vacation in Bali. (Universal image)

Roberts added: “Yeah, a seashell.” No, that’s really what’s going to kill you.

But in the romantic comedy, the duo play a divorced couple trying to sabotage their young daughter’s impulsive habits after getting engaged on a vacation in Bali, having spent quite a bit time spent underwater during filming.

“Yeah, tickets to heaven if you know what I’m talking about,” Clooney said, raising an eyebrow mockingly.

Roberts jumped in and said “[more like] admission ticket to the hospital”.

Julia Roberts and George Clooney attend World Premiere of "Tickets to Heaven" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on September 7, 2022 in London, England.
The pair’s comedic timing is as evident in their press endeavors as the film, which first appeared together on screen in Oceans 11 more than 20 years ago. (Getty Images for Universal)

The couple’s comedic timing is as evident in their press endeavors as the film, which first appeared together on screen in Ocean 11 more than 20 years ago.

Since then, they have worked together five times with a deep friendship as clear as on screen.

Roberts says their shared love of making others laugh is in their favor and helps them know when they’ve captured the magic on screen.

“I think George and I are both really motivated to make people laugh and it’s our great joy whenever we do something where we can hear everyone laughing on set, at the screen and we thought ‘OK, yeah, that’s great, We’ll move on now,'” Roberts said during the press conference.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts on Ticket To Paradise set in Queensland
Roberts says their shared love of making others laugh is in their favor and helps them know when they’ve captured the magic on screen. (Universal image)

Speaking about the Queensland set and the production of “bubbles” during COVID-19, Roberts said it was a pleasure to have had the time to really learn about her co-stars, who include Billie LourdKaitlyn Dever and Emily in Paris‘Lucas Bravo.

“It was really fun to work in an environment like this,” explains Roberts.

“To be on an island with nowhere to run, we have to spend some really sweet time together, get to know each other, and just share that space in a really unique way, that’s what you you know, it’s not always affordable when you come home to your normal life every day after work.”

Ticket to Paradise is now available in cinemas in Australia.

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