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Clooney on ‘world’s greatest treasure hunt’

George Clooney felt compelled to make Monuments Men to highlight the “thousands of years of culture” stolen by Nazis.

The 52-year-old wrote, directed and produced The Monuments Men, a new feature which centres on the true story of a team tasked with rescuing stolen art from the Nazis.

And George is amazed by the amount of artwork that still hasn’t been recovered since World War II.

“Curators, historians, museum directors know that masterpieces, thousands of years of culture, lots of stuff tracked in this world’s greatest treasure hunt, is in the United States,” he told Page Six.

“It’s still being searched out. There’s an ongoing race to uncover it. Be nice to get it back.”

George’s film is based on a book published in 2010 by Robert M. Edsel, which is entitled The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

As soon as he learned of the subject, George was immediately compelled to make a movie.

“I became fascinated after reading a book about it. To become familiar with the subject, experts covered walls in maps and art for a comprehensive one-week course in World War II history,” he said.

“We shot last year until July. After New York, there are premieres in LA, Berlin, Paris and London.”

The Monuments Men, which stars Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and John Goodman will be released in American theatres this weekend.

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