George Clooney Speaks Out for the Mona Lisa's Return to Italy

Posted Thursday February 13, 2014 6:18 PM GMT

Using his starpower to draw attention to an issue close to his heart, George Clooney said that the Mona Lisa should be returned to Italy while promoting his new movie this week.

Serving as both director and star of "Monuments Men," the 52-year-old star argued that works of art should be returned to their country of origin.

In the new picture, an eclectic platoon is charged with protecting and taking stolen art back from the Nazis.

Inspired by his work on the flick, Clooney said that since the Mona Lisa was painted in Italy before being acquired by French King Francis I, it should go back.

However, despite petitions from Italy for its return, the masterpiece has hung in the Louvre since 1797.

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