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Just months out of his surgical scrubs, actor George Clooney is donning fishing garb and sailing some rough seas.

The former star of the hit show "ER" is starting to film "The Perfect Storm," which details the last voyage of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat brought down by a brutal storm.

Clooney said Tuesday the story was a poignant and important one.

"They're real people, they're real families involved," he said.

The film is drawn from the book "The Perfect Storm," in which author Sebastian Junger describes how the boat and its crew vanished in 1991.

The film, directed by Wolfgang Peterson, also stars Mark Wahlberg and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. It will shoot in Gloucester for three weeks.

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