Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 comedy based on the fanciful memoir of game show host Chuck Barris (The Gong Show) starring Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore. Growing up as a lovelorn nerd, young Chuck (Michael Cera) dreams of Hollywood to make him worthwhile. He manages to work his way up the ladder from NBC page to the successful producer of television hits such as The Newlywed Game andThe Dating Game, and win the heart of Penny (Drew Barrymore). Then he receives a visit from a mysterious stranger named Jim Byrd (George Clooney) who invites him to become a CIA assassin as his game show travels provide the perfect cover for his "hits" around the world. With the beautiful Patricia Watson (Julia Roberts) as his liaison, Barris manages to juggle his double life until a mental breakdown sends him into hiding. Actor George Clooney makes his directorial debut from this adaptation by screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich).