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The usually fit Clooney gained roughly 30 pounds to play a government agent in the film, which explored political intrigue and corruption in the Middle East.Badly hurt during the filming of a scene, he damaged the membrane around his spine.
Clooney was set to direct and star as Colonel Cathcart in the limited series, his first regular television role since An outspoken liberal, Clooney has been a frequent target of right-wing politicos and personalities, including FOX News's Bill O' Reilly.Clooney worked steadily in Hollywood, but he had yet to land a significant career breakthrough.Feeling that he was always on the cusp of something bigger, something greater, Clooney found his situation difficult. "I was making a couple of hundred grand a year, which is beating all the odds, so you don't really think things are going terribly. [But] I wished I was doing better projects, and I didn't think I was going to get that chance.". Doug Ross, a caring pediatrician and a notorious ladies man, in the ensemble drama, which also featured Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies, and Sherry Stringfield.Widely praised, the black-and-white drama helped Clooney earn his first nominations, for best director and best original screenplay)2011, Clooney proved to be a triple-threat, serving as the project's star, director, and co-writer.The political drama featured Clooney as a presidential candidate and Ryan Gosling as one of his aides. He won a Golden Globe for his turn as a husband and father who must cope with new challenges and unpleasant revelations after his wife is severely injured in a boating accident.
The movie never got released, but the experience gave Clooney the acting bug again.