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George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ Starts Production in Berlin

George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Starts Production in Berlin

While Ben Affleck may have been growing his beard for Oscar luck, his “Argo” producer George Clooney sported well-coiffed facial hair at the big awards night for a different reason: “The Monuments Men,” which he’s helming and starring in. The action-thriller has started production in Berlin. 

A monumental cast joins Clooney: Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman.

The film is co-written and produced by Clooney and his Smokehouse Productions partner, Grant Heslov. (Heslov’s eloquent Oscar acceptance speech for “Argo,” followed by a mic hand-off to director-producer-star Affleck, is here.)

“The Monuments Men” is based on the book by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witler, and focuses on a World War II group tasked with retrieving artistic masterpieces stolen by plundering Nazis and returning the works to their rightful owners. 

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