His role in The Monuments Men may have been foreshadowing for George Clooney's real-world plan to return priceless art to its rightful owners. The actor recently commented on an old battle which involves two countries (Italy and France) and the most famous piece of art in the world. The Mona Lisa is currently on display at the Louvre (see Diddy) but was painted in Florence around 1518.
According to Clooney, the smirking lady and various other artworks should be returned to their countries of origin. There is a long history of petitions, requests, and acts of theft that have made this particular struggle interesting, and Clooney may have just fanned the flames. He and Bill Murray also stated publicly that the 2,500-year-old Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon should be returned to Greece from England after nearly 200 years. We don't know how much power Clooney and his friends in Hollywood have in these matters, but having his name attached to the issues has definitely attracted more headlines. We'll see if these fights last another 500 years or not.