March 06, 2006 12:00 PM

A History of Violence

It seemed like a gimmick. First there was the salt-and-pepper beard. Add to that the 35 extra pounds, which formed a chubby tire encircling his middle. But usually suave leading man George Clooney used the hair and the heft in Syriana as starting points for a fully weighted performance as a weary government operative who learns too late how little he knows about the harm he’s actually done. The movie may have been confusing at times, but the anguish that Clooney’s character was experiencing came through loud and clear.

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