Here are some of the highlights.
1. George Clooney likes to make shoes.
Q: What is a hobby of yours that most people don’t know about?
A: I’m a cobbler, I like to make shoes [Asked if he or Daniel Day-Lewis is a better cobbler] When Daniel Day-Lewis was spending all his time playing Lincoln, I was just fixing shoes. He’s spending all the time focused on the hat, and the pipe, and getting into character, and I remained focused – with the overalls and the hammer.
2. George Clooney beat Leonardo DiCaprio in a game of basketball.
Q: Have you hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio? I heard a story about how you kicked his a– at basketball.
A: It’s true. That was a fun day. It’s always fun when you play people younger than you and win. We’re playing a bunch of six year olds tomorrow. [Asked to describe his basketball game] Sneaky. I’m sneaky fast … And I have a good bank shot that people hate.
3. Sandra Bullock likes to drink.
Q: You and Sandra [Bullock] have great chemistry together. Were there any funny moments that happened during shooting [Gravity]?
A: It’s tricky ’cause Sandy drinks so much that oftentimes it’s just hard to keep her upright. No, you know, Sandy and I have known each other for over 20 years and we both were struggling actors when we first met. She was dating a friend of mine at the time who’s still a good friend of ours … She’s somebody I adore, really, she’s just fun to be in a room with … Very smart and centered, even though she does drink a lot.
4. He does not have “lonely eyes.”
Q: Why do you have such lonely eyes?
A: I actually have only one lonely eye. The other eye’s got nothin’ but friends.
5. Brad Pitt has done some “pretty rotten things”.
Q: What is the best prank that a costar/crew has played on you on set?
A: It was Brad [Pitt], we were shooting Oceans 12 in my hometown Lake Como and he had a flyer sent around saying George only wants to be called by his character’s name “Danny Ocean,” don’t look him in the eyes, and it got into the local paper. As you know, jokes don’t translate at all, and they called me il divo, and said that I was treating the crew like s–––. When it got into the paper I came downstairs and Brad had the paper in his hand, and I said “You’re mine from here on out.”
Brad just said, “Please don’t harm my children.” Yeah, he’s done some pretty rotten things.
6. His favorite sandwich is ham and avocado.
Q: What, in your eyes, is the perfect sandwich?
A: Well, good question. The perfect sandwich would be … I want to come up with two gorgeous actresses but I won’t do that I do like ham and avocado and a little tomato and a little mustard. Just a simple deli sandwich is great. You know, put some coleslaw in there.
7. He was wrong about Three Kings.
Q: What’s one film you’ve done which [sic] you think more people should see?
A: Well, I’ve done a bunch a [sic] films that people think of now as hits or classics but were actually bombs. Out of Sight bombed. It didn’t make money at all and Out of Sight was a really good film. And it still holds up. There were films that we always thought would be more successful than they were. I thought Three Kings was probably going to be more successful than it was.
8. He wasn’t thrilled about his Batsuit, either.
Q: What’s the one movie role you’re most embarrassed/ashamed about, that you don’t mind sharing?
A: Well, I wasn’t thrilled with the nipples on the Batsuit. You know, that’s not something you really think about when you’re putting it on. You figure all Batsuits have nipples and then you realize yours was really the first. Batman was just constantly cold I guess.
9. He once pranked Richard Kind with a prop from Solaris.
Q: Do you keep any props from your movies and if yes, which is your favorite?
A: Yeah, every once in a while I get some fun ones. I remember I got this insane-looking prop from this movie Solaris. It was the size of a lunchbox and it had all these intricate lights and tubes and I snuck it into Richard Kind’s carry-on bag. They ran it through the machine and pulled it off and asked, “What is this? Did you pack your own bag?” He had no idea what to say. Of course this was pre-9/11. If you did that now it would be a very horrible thing, but it was very funny at the time. Anyway, don’t do that at home.
10. He had an awkward phase just like everyone else.
Q: Were you always awesome and charismatic, or did you go through an awkward stage like the rest of us?
A: … Everyone goes through awkward phases a lot of the time and sometimes it’s very public which is always bad. Somebody was talking to me on set and said, “Remember Merv Griffin?” I was on in 1985 which is pretty odd, and they YouTubed it and I come out in this horrible yellow shirt and yellow socks and mullet. And the whole set is howling. This stuff lives on forever. So everyone has awkward phases, just hope they’re not recorded for everyone to see for the rest of time.
Of course, we’d be remiss in our duties if we didn’t provide that interview, so here it is.
11. He likes working with Matt Damon, apparently.
Q: Who are some of the actors you have enjoyed working with the most?
A: Let me think about this in the best possible way that doesn’t get me murdered by all other actors I’ve worked with. I don’t know … I’ve done six films with Damon now, so I guess I do enjoy working with him, though you wouldn’t know it.
Oh, Clooney. Don’t ever change.
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