George Clooney, PEOPLE’s newly-named Sexiest Man Alive, quips about his friend Matt Damon missing out on the cover spot – and advises him on how to nab it one day.
“I gotta say, this is a very big disappointment for Matt, because he did run a very good campaign,” Clooney jokes in the new issue of PEOPLE. “If you’ve been around him, you know he’s sexy. His eyes pop. They have a twinkle. He’s got a good smile. He’s quite the dancer. He does rock a Speedo in Ocean’s 13.
Clooney, a two time Sexiest Man Alive honoree (a title he shares with Ocean’s costar Brad Pitt) says Damon sought his advice, “like a politician would go to Clinton” to find out how be chosen for the cover himself.
His advice: “I think you should go with a snakeskin suit and some mousse and give a sort of up-on-your toes pose.” Damon strikes the pose in a photo, provided to PEOPLE by Clooney, taken in November 1997.
“I’m afraid he’s going to think that I was using my influence to quietly, secretly take him down,” Clooney says. “But really, Matt’s got a couple of year left before it’s time for him.”