George Clooney has all but severed his ties to the Writers Guild after a dispute over screenwriting credit for the new film Leatherheads, reports Variety. The film's director, co-producer, and star says he overhauled a weak script, but a 2-to-1 arbitration vote went against him. He didn't publicize the move because the strike, which he supported, was imminent.
“When your own union doesn't back what you've done, the only honorable thing to do is not participate,” Clooney said. Rather than resign and become unable to work on any WGA-sanctioned production, he opted for “financial core” status. The irrevocable move means he pays limited dues but can’t vote or attend membership meetings, Reuters reports. (Read more George Clooney stories.)