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Clooney wins Greece invite after backing return of Elgin Marbles

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:34 AM
George Clooney poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the UK premiere of the film The Monuments Men in central London, on Feb 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

ATHENS (AFP) - Cheering headlines in the Greek press and an invitation to visit the Mediterranean country were certainly not what Oscar-winning actor and director George Clooney expected when he answered a journalist's question about a return of the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum to Greece.

Clooney was presenting his wartime drama The Monuments Men at the Berlin film festival Saturday - about a real-life group of art experts who go behind enemy lines to rescue art stolen by the Nazis in World War II - when a Greek journalist asked him if Greek antiquities on show in foreign museums should be repatriated.

Greece has been battling for decades to reclaim the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from Britain.

"Yes, this would be a good idea, the law is on your side," Greek media quoted him as responding.

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