The usually fit Clooney gained roughly 30 pounds to play a government agent in the film, which explored political intrigue and corruption in the Middle East.Badly hurt during the filming of a scene, he damaged the membrane around his spine.Beyond his disappointment with the election of George W.
Miguel and his father were making a film in Kentucky about horse racing, and Ferrer offered Clooney a little acting work.Clooney worked steadily in Hollywood, but he had yet to land a significant career breakthrough.Feeling that he was always on the cusp of something bigger, something greater, Clooney found his situation difficult. "I was making a couple of hundred grand a year, which is beating all the odds, so you don't really think things are going terribly. [But] I wished I was doing better projects, and I didn't think I was going to get that chance.". Doug Ross, a caring pediatrician and a notorious ladies man, in the ensemble drama, which also featured Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies, and Sherry Stringfield.One such project turned out to be an adaptation of Joseph Heller's 1961 novel, about American servicemen attempting to maintain their sanity amid the looming threat of death in combat during World War II.Clooney was set to direct and star as Colonel Cathcart in the limited series, his first regular television role since An outspoken liberal, Clooney has been a frequent target of right-wing politicos and personalities, including FOX News's Bill O' Reilly.