That Time George Clooney Bombed His Singing Audition For O Brother, Where Art Thou


In the film, George Clooney’s character, Ulysses Everett McGill, takes advantage of a blind radio station manager to sing into a can for money, (the inner workings of the recording studio remained an arcane mystery to some of McGill’s companions). Thus, the Soggy Bottom Boys had their first record deal. Clooney took this opportunity to try and use his actual voice for the scene, in which the band of convicts sing “Man of Constant Sorrow.” He quickly found out that sometimes singing, like many other talents, don’t always run in the family. As the actor told Variety:

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