Born On This Day — May 6, 1961

Directing Ryan Gosling 'The Ides of March' (2011)
George Clooney directing Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March (2011)

We’re the ones who talked about AIDS when it was just being whispered. And we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t really popular. This academy—this group of people—gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I’m proud to be a part of this academy, proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch.”

If the movie makes money, I make money. If I don’t, I’ve still made the movie I wanted to make.

—George Clooney