I believe in stealing

Q: Did you watch a lot of romantic comedies to prepare [‘Leatherheads']?

I believe in stealing. I ripped off ‘‘His Girl Friday’’ and ‘‘The Philadelphia Story.’’ I was ripping off everything — I’ll send apology letters to everyone. I’ve sent an apology to Sydney Pollack already — there’s a scene I stole from ‘‘Absence of Malice’’ that is so close we had to change it.

George Clooney
The New York Times

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