McGraw Dishes On New Movie

| November 10, 2013

Tim CS PremiereWhen Tim  McGraw isn’t making music or being a dad to three daughters, he likes to do movies.  His recent films include “Country Strong” with Gwyneth Paltrow, and “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock.  Now he’s at work on a George Clooney movie called “Tomorrowland,” and he spoke with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton about the new film: “We’ve been working on this movie for the last couple of weeks.  Shooting in Vancouver.  It’s a great story.  I can’t say too much about it, but I’m working with George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.  For me, making a movie has to do with the story, and who I’m working with.”

When you make music, you get immediate feedback.  With a movie, you’re sort of working blind.  How do you handle those two different processes? “The toughest part with movies is the sit around and wait, because you spend a lot of time waiting.  But for me what I enjoy is working with other actors, and filming the scene.  You find yourself in that zone where you’re living in the moment, and when that happens, there’s nothing quite like it, you can feel the energy, it’s a cool experience.”

Do you have any scenes with George Clooney?  I do, not many, we haven’t shot our scenes together yet.  I’m a big fan of his.  Not as big a fan as my wife is! But I’m a big fan.  She’s not allowed to visit the set.”

When will you wrap on the movie? “In theory it wraps this year, and I’m told it’ll  be released in 2014.  I don’t know exactly when, but it’s an interesting script, interesting story, it’s got such a great heart to it, the way it’s driven, it’ll be a family movie, but hard to say without giving too much away.  It’s interestingly done, from the perspective that it’s from, and the lessons it teaches are interesting.”  Is this a different from what you’ve played before? “I don’t know if it’s totally different, but it’s a character that I’m getting to know and really like.”  What else is planned for the new year? “I’m also working on a new album, so that’s what I’m doing right now as we speak.  I’m doing vocals at my basement at home during the day, it’s a busy process, but it’s a process I enjoy, so I’m ready to get back out there again.”

The official description of Tomorrowland is: “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific  curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a  danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.'”  Tim’s character hasn’t been identified yet.  But the role of the “bright optimistic teen” is being played by Thomas Robinson.  Clooney plays a “grizzled inventor.”  The director is Brad Bird.   Reports give a December 2014 release date.


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