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George Clooney in behind-the-scenes look at “The American”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Considering the high profile of those involved in its production, “The American” is flying under the radar. Focus Features hope to change that today.

The thriller, directed by rock photographer Anton Corbijn (he also helmed the Joy Division film “Control”), stars George Clooney as an assassin taking one last job in Italy.

It opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, but has stayed off the mainstream radar up until this point. We’ve seen a short teaser online, and a gorgeous throwback poster adorns the wall of movie houses nationwide. Check it here.

Today, Focus gives Yahoo Movies an exclusive, 2-and-a-half-minute behind-the-scenes look at “The American,” complete with cast and crew interviews (no George, though). Learn more about the film here.

It looks intriguing. Clooney can do no wrong in my book. I’m not sure “The American” has the makings of an awards contender, and the early September release date seems to suggest Focus feels the same way. But our minds could easily change once we see “The American” for ourselves.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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