Actors George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray attended a screening of their new movie, “The Monuments Men” at the White House on Tuesday night, which was hosted by President Barack Obama.
The film, directed by Clooney, is based on a true story about a World War II platoon, tasked by Franklin D. Roosevelt with going into Germany to rescue art masterpieces stolen by Nazi thieves. According to reports, this is the first movie screening at the White House since the president announced a moratorium last November.
Clooney is reportedly in the president’s good books after organizing a fundraiser for his campaign, which raised almost $15 million, and has been cited by reports as a possible reason why the president offered special treatment for the 52-year-old actor and his film.
Other cast and crew of the film that were present at the screening included actor Grant Heslov, Harry Ettlinger, a member of the original Monuments Men group, and Robert Edsel, the writer of the book on which the film is based.
Apart from the cast and crew of the film, the screening was also attended by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, David Wade, Chief of Staff to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of the Army Bill McHugh, and Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, among others.
“The Monuments Men” has received a mixed response and reviews from critics, and was in second position after “The Lego Movie” at U.S. and Canadian box offices on its opening weekend earlier this month.
Last week, the White House hosted a state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande, which was also attended by celebrities like Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert, actor Bradley Cooper, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, former NBA Commissioner David Stern and Comcast executive and major Obama campaign donor David Cohen.