Hollywood star George Clooney drives hundreds of Japanese fans to frenzy in a promotional event for the Disney’s sci-fi family film “Tomorrowland.”
TOKYO, JAPAN (MAY 25, 2015) (REUTERS) – Hundreds of fans gathered to get a glimpse of Hollywood star George Clooney on Monday (May 25) as he walked on the red carpet in a promotional event for the Japan premiere of Disney’s latest film “Tomorrowland.”
Clooney teamed up with Disney for the expected summer box office hit, a futuristic adventure which the Hollywood actor says he was drawn to because of its hopeful message.
Clooney, known for his roles in “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Syriana”, plays the jaded former boy-genius Frank, who joins teenage science-fan Casey (Britt Robertson) on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space called “Tomorrowland”.
A teenager among more than 300 fans at the Tokyo event said Clooney, 54, looked very handsome.
“He looks so gentle and has a sexy aura around him. He was undoubtedly one of the hottest men on earth,” 19-year-old Riko Tanaka said.
“He mesmerized me. I almost fell in love with him,” another fan, 25-year-old Yurie Momose said.
Clooney was accompanied by his wife Amal, 37, a human rights lawyer who previously served as an adviser to Kofi Annan in his role as a United Nations special adviser for Syria.
The movie, which also stars British actor Hugh Laurie, is directed by Brad Bird, known for Academy Award-winning animated feature films “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles”.
“Tomorrowland,” out in U.S. theaters on Friday (May 22), sees Walt Disney’s early visions of a scientific utopia come alive on screen; a vibrant creative paradise in a parallel realm, epitomizing mankind’s true potential.
It pays homage to Disney’s own visions and harkens to 1960s and 1980s ideals of the future, with jet packs and teleportation.
“I think everyone imagines a future that is better than today, but that’s kind of fallen out of fashion in the last 20 or 30 years; we kind of are used to thinking that the future is going to be worse for us than it was when we were younger, and we were wondering why that was and why it’s changed because the world had just as many problems 30 years ago as we have today. But, we feel that people have sort of given up the idea of better future, and we don’t think maybe that’s the way we should think about it,” Bird said.
Raffey Cassidy, 13, who played the young Snow White in the hit Snow White and the Huntsman before her role of Athena in “Tomorrowland”, said she hoped the future would be a bright one.
“I think the whole message of the story is that the future is unknown and it can be whatever we want it to be, but I hopefully I see the future as a bright one.”
Made for an estimated $190 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the Walt Disney family film is inspired by the futuristic Tomorrowland attraction at Disney theme parks, celebrating scientific achievements.
“When I saw the film for my first time, it was like a Disney ride. So I hope you guys get a little trip down Disneyland,” said Britt Robertson, who acted the heroine Casey Newton, a feisty teenage girl with an aptitude for science.
“Tomorrowland” will hit theatres across Japan from June 6.