George Clooney craves a change in the way films are financed

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George Clooney craves a change in the way films are financed

George Clooney would like to see a change in the way films are financed.

The 54-year-old actor claims a movie won't get the funds it needs to get the project off the ground unless it features one of the most sought-after names in the business.

And he believes things need to change, especially since stars aren't pulling in viewers at the cinemas.

George said: "The studios give you a list of five names on a piece of paper. If you don't put one of those names in your film, it doesn't get financed. It doesn't matter what I'm doing; that's the list of names.

"I'd like to see that list change a little bit, especially as, more and more, the star system isn't filling seats."

George, who married Amal Alamuddin last year, made the transition in 2000 from his role in US drama series 'ER' to an actor who has gone on to win three Gloden Globes and starred in numerous hit films, including 'Batman', 'Out of Sight' and 'Ocean's Eleven'.

His latest role in 'Hail, Ceasar!' sees him play a Hollywood heartthrob.

He told the Guardian newspaper: "I'll say this honestly: I wasn't paying attention to it at all. I thought we'd ticked that box, and it feels like we've slipped, considerably. It's something we have to pay attention to."