George Clooney is the first to admit that his behavior on set isn’t always the height of professionalism. The 59-year-old Oscar winner reconnects with his A good day co-star, Michelle Pfeiffer, for a Variety Studio: Actors on Actors discussion to talk about the making of the 1996 romantic comedy.
In the film, the two stars play Melanie and Jack, busy single parents who are forced to be together by fate. Although they shot most of the movie separately, Clooney remembers a scene they had together, which he had to film while he was drunk.
Not thinking he had to work the next day, Clooney says he went out and had “some vodkas” with his old friend, Rande Gerber, the night before.
When she found out she had to appear on set early the next morning, she set the alarm.
“I woke up … and thought, ‘I feel good!’ And I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘Oh, I’m still drunk,’ “Clooney recalls. “And I came to the set and I walked into the trailer and you looked at me and you said, ‘What?’ And I said, ‘I didn’t know we were going to work today,’ and you said, ‘You’re still drunk.’
Trying to be respectful to his scene partner, Clooney notes, “I kept trying to spray whatever mouth spray I could because it smelled like a distillery.”
Pfeiffer recalls that the drunken incident wasn’t Clooney’s only distraction on set.
“And then you showed up one day with a broken face,” he says.
“Yeah, I was playing basketball with the team at lunchtime and I elbowed a guy, one of the team members, in the face and broke my eye socket,” Clooney recalls. “My eye kept swelling and I was like, ‘I can still shoot.’ Do you remember we actually shot scenes where we blocked half of my face with a child?”
Clooney says that Pfeiffer was the “last person” he had to audition for as his fame grew, but that despite its chemistry, the film was not well received at first.
“Now people watch that movie and they like it, but they were very hard on us at that time,” he reflects.
Pfeiffer adds that they were “cremated” at the box office by the Beavis and Butthead movie.
Despite the box office numbers, the film is loved by Clooney’s wife, Amal, who would like it to have a sequel.
“My wife and her friends can’t believe that A good day it was not a great success. They love it, “he says.” Don’t you think there should be a sequel to A good day? A good old day, and the children are already older? “
Pfeiffer muses: “It could be called I’m tired today. “