Clooney’s Train Station “Double Coat” in The American

George Clooney as Jack in The American (2010), showing us what men should look like when traveling.

George Clooney as Jack in The American (2010), showing us what men should look like when traveling.

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George Clooney as Jack (aka “Edward”), weary paid assassin/hitman and gunsmith

Rome, April 2010

Film: The American
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Director: Anton Corbijn
Costume Designer: Suttirat Anne Larlarb

Background

George Clooney is the titular hitman in The American, a 2010 film directed by Anton Corbijn based on Martin Booth’s novel A Very Private Gentleman. Though he’d played gun-wielding badasses before, The American was the first role placing Clooney in the now mythic film profession of paid assassin. (Syriana doesn’t count since that was more of a CIA gig…)

Humorously enough given the actor’s politics, Clooney’s character is also a knowledgeable gunsmith who is able to sneak around an old garage and find enough parts to modify a Ruger Mini-14 rifle (not an “M14” as the film calls it) for an assassination.

However, I’m getting ahead of myself. The film opens with Clooney holed up – not unexpectedly – with a good-looking broad in Sweden. There is some gunplay, and I won’t give anything away, but he ends up heading for Italy, hopping on a train to Rome.

What’d He Wear?

Clooney steps off the train at Rome’s Termini Train Station looking very cool and comfortable, which is ideal for traveling, isn’t it? The look is mostly brown, with just enough gray peppered in to keep things from getting too monochromatic. Additional gray comes from Clooney’s hair, which is more silver than ever.

Given that he’s coming from a chilly-ass place like Sweden in April, Clooney’s character Jack (or Edward or whatever his name really is) wears several practical and easily removable layers for his journey. The top layer is a dark brown overcoat that extends down to his mid-thigh. At first, it looks like the coat is worn with a sportcoat underneath, but the extra set of lapels are actually from the coat’s gray lining. This is known as a “double coat”, and it means exactly what it sounds like.

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George Clooney does a double-take after realizing that George Clooney is following him at the train station.

The heavyweight coat has natural shoulders and notch lapels that roll down to a 2-button front. The front darts extend down each side to the flapped hip pockets. There is also a ticket pocket on the right side of the coat.

Underneath, Clooney wears a dark brown herringbone half-neck zipped cardigan sweater. Unlike “half-zip” or “quarter-zip” sweaters, like the rusty orange one worn by Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity, this zips all the way down and can be worn open like a jacket. The sweater cuffs are elasticized to fit snugly but comfortably around each wrist. He also wears this in plenty of later scenes, so I don’t want to ruin any fun by talking about it too m much now.

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Sometimes I just pull into parking lots and hold those pose, waiting for hordes of women to come and take my picture.

Underneath the sweater, Jack/Edward/George Clooney wears a short-sleeve heathered gray t-shirt. Since Zegna provided a lot of the wardrobe, it probably costs about $250, so just go find yourself a nice one at Nordstrom for $7, and you’ll be fine.

The trousers are only seen in long shots, but they’re definitely dark brown with flat fronts and plain-hemmed bottoms. If later scenes are any indication, they’re likely worn with a brown belt. Based on the rest of this outfit, I don’t think that’s too much of a gamble to say.

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Clooney’s character actually carries a pretty realistic amount of luggage given his clothing and the duration of his visit.

Jack also wears a pair of well-traveled brown leather hiking boots. They have four eyelets for the laces and two additional hooks, which Jack seems to ignore in some scenes, tying the boots lower on his feet.

Jack’s watch is a very beautiful Omega Speedmaster Professional. It has a stainless round case worn on a black crocodile strap. The black face has three sub-dials at 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00. We get a view of it while Clooney is driving from Rome to Castel del Monte, but it is best seen later while he is gunsmithing and test-shooting. Clooney is a fan of Omegas in real life, having recently worn a De Ville Hour Vision to the premiere of Gravity.

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Someone once stupidly said that your watch band has to match your belt and shoes. Come on now.

Another brand often associated with Clooney is Persol, and he doesn’t let them down here either. For his arrival in Rome and drive to Castel del Monte, he wears a pair of Persol PO2883-S sunglasses with tortoiseshell “havana” frames and chrystal gray green lenses, color code 24/31 if you’re interested. Like I said earlier, Ermenegildo Zegna provided a ton of costumes for him in this, so he later switches from the Persols to a pair of Zegna’s SZ3174 sunglasses.

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George and the invisible man.

Go Big or Go Home

When traveling abroad, especially in Europe – and especially in Italy, the last thing you want to do is look like a tourist. (Well, second to last… the last thing you probably want to do is get thrown in prison.)

Clooney’s Jack manages to avoid a touristy look, even though he is clearly an outsider in the small Italian village. His dress is simple but fashionable – no bulky hoodies, no fishing hats, and no goddamn fanny packs. He quickly assimilates into the culture, drinking Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – a favorite red DOC of mine. It is also very regionally correct, since Jack is in Abruzzo and “when in Rome Abruzzo…”

He also appropriately drinks a Caffè Americano, which is just hot water added to espresso. The Clooney-espresso caused me to chuckle after I remembered this commercial from one of my advertising classes in college where Clooney overhears two women discussing the intense, rich coffee they are drinking and mistakes the subject of their conversation to be him. Anyone else remember these ads?

How to Get the Look

Clooney makes the most of layering with a functional brown and gray motif. I bet you could do the same if you tried hard enough.

  • Dark brown thigh-length single-breasted “double coat” with gray lining, notch lapels, 2-button front, flapped hip pockets, and ticket pocket
  • Dark brown zip-up cardigan sweater with elasticized cuffs
  • Heathered gray short-sleeve t-shirt
  • Dark brown casual flat front trousers with plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Dark brown laced hiking boots
  • Persol PO2883-S sunglasses with “havana” tortoiseshell frames and chrystal gray green lenses (color code 24/31)
  • Omega Speedmaster Professional wristwatch on a black crocodile strap

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Buy the movie.

10 comments

  1. Steve

    Great post; you have an excellent eye for detail. You’re accurate about Clooney’s character blending in to whatever city or region he’s visiting/infiltrating, given his profession. Any idea which DeVille Hour Vision he wore recently?
    Btw, that Nespresso ad is new to me; the Bars are just starting up in the States and a Nespresso Bar recently opened in Beverly Hills, much the same as the one in the ad.

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    • luckystrike721

      Thanks, Steve! The watch he wore recently – to the Gravity premiere – is stainless steel with a 41mm diameter and in-house co-axial caliber 8500. Supposedly costs upwards of $7,100, which is probably peanuts to someone making $15-$20 mil per flick and is paid to wear luxury watches on top of it all! Still, I’m a fan of the guy – very talented and humble, always full of great stories in his interviews. He plays off the “movie star” thing pretty well in the ad, which I think came on around 2000 or so.

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  2. Teeritz

    Nice write-up, LS. Both of my parents were from Abruzzo, so it was a real buzz for me seeing “The American” a couple of years ago.
    And you’re right about Clooney being a fan of Omega watches. He has been an official Omega Brand Ambassador for quite some time.

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    • luckystrike721

      Hey, some of my family (surname Colantoni) is from Abruzzo too! Dream vacation would be to go back and see if my doppelgänger is living there. Hopefully, he’d be willing to switch places; I’d spend my days drinking Montepulciano and eating gnocchi carrati and pastuccia in the Italian countryside while he eeks out a living as a marketer in the extremely seasonal Pittsburgh weather.

      What part of Abruzzo? We hail from Villetta Barrea in L’Aquila, a town of approximately 700 people I’m told.

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      • Teeritz

        My Dad was from Tocco Da Casauria, which is further inland and my Mother was from the seaside town of Pescara, which is to Rome what the Hamptons are to New York. I went to Italy when I was six. We were there for about four months and my Mum put me into kindergarten while I was there, so it was a bit of a working holiday for me. Gotta get back there sometime. I think there are a few of my finger paintings that I left behind.

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  3. Craig Richards

    Outstanding write up, outstanding movie. I’m hoping that you have more articles on this film. For about tha past 6 months this film has been availible on Blu Ray at Target and Wal Mart for $5!! Also Teeritz, I started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago…..great selection of watches you own.

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    • Teeritz

      Thanks, Craig. It needs a Rolex (or three!), maybe an IWC and a Zenith or Jaeger Le Coultre, and then, hopefully, I’m done. Of course, I should thin out what I have first, in order to make room for any new additions. Thankfully, I’m governed by poverty, so that allows me to think carefully before making any choices.

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    • luckystrike721

      Thanks, Craig! I felt the film was underrated and am glad to see so many fans of it here. $5 is a steal! I didn’t know until I was writing this post that Clara, Clooney’s girlfriend in this, is the daughter of Michael Corleone’s Italian wife from the first Godfather.

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