The List: Guessing how Jim Jordan would rank George Clooney projects
With the actor and director set to produce a new docu-series on the OSU sports abuse scandal, we wondered how the congressman would view the Clooney filmography
Earlier this week news broke that George Clooney is planning to produce a new docu-series about the decades-long abuse scandal at Ohio State.
The series will be based on this 2020 Sports Illustrated article by Jon Wertheim, which details the case against Dr. Richard Strauss, an employee within the university’s sports department who sexually assaulted more than 350 athletes between 1978 and 1998. Sports Illustrated Studios and 101 Studios are producing alongside Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures.
"This article uncovers the most widespread sexual abuse scandal in the history of American higher education. It is a story about power, abuse, enabling and the hierarchy of college sports that had been concealed for far too long," said Wertheim, who will be an executive producer of the series, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
One person who might not be too keen to learn of the project is Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, previously an assistant wrestling coach at OSU, who has been accused by former wrestlers of ignoring Strauss’ abuse. Jordan has previously denied the allegations, which are almost certain to resurface within the documentary series. With that in mind, we thought we’d try to project how Jordan might view the work Clooney has made, beginning with the actor, director and producer’s earliest days on the small screen.
15. "Batman & Robin"
If there’s any hope for unity, it likely exists in the universal condemnation of director Joel Schumacher’s vision for Batman, for which Clooney has repeatedly apologized.
14. “Good Night & Good Luck”
As if Jordan could enjoy a picture that frames journalists (aka “the enemies of the people”) in a positive light.
13. “The American”
He still feels misled by the title, which made him think the movie would focus more on a citizen of the greatest, best country to have ever been created by God.
12. “Three Kings”
Soldiers should be portrayed as heroes, not deeply flawed regular folk.
11. “Michael Clayton”
The depiction of a multinational chemical corporation as corrupt just didn’t ring true to Jordan.
Ditto the corporate conglomerate portrayed here. These are job creators, damnit.
9. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
It's worth noting there were good people on both sides in that rally scene.
This would have placed higher before doctors started telling him he needed to wear a mask. #personalfreedom
7. “Out of Sight”
I mean, could anyone really deny the chemistry between the leads?
Only ranks this high because it reminds him of that John Mayer song.
5. The “Ocean’s 11” series
Particularly the one where Julia Roberts plays a woman who pretends to be the famous actress Julia Roberts in order to advance the plan.
4. “The Good German”
Were there bad ones?
3. “The Monuments Men”
Though he’d still like to see a reboot where right-wingers protect Confederate monuments from progressive attacks.
2. “The Perfect Storm”
More like “The Perfect Movie," eh?
It’s just so awful how they canceled that poor woman.