Colbert prodded the leading man about his marriage to human rights lawyer Amal, with Clooney joking, “They said it wouldn’t last.”
Colbert said he had no doubt the newlyweds would go the distance and asked Clooney what it was like to be “the arm candy in the relationship.”
“Because she’s a very serious person. She must say, ‘we’re going to meet some extremely intelligent people tonight,’ ” said Colbert.
Clooney said of his new arm candy status: “”Shiny and pretty – that’s mostly what I do now.”
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Colbert gave Clooney a belated wedding present, noting that he did not receive an invitation to the nuptials. Clooney opened a Tiffany’s box, which contained an engraved paper weight reading, “I don’t know you.”
“That’s just to remind you that we don’t know each other,” said Colbert, adding he didn’t want to “do the celebrity thing” and pretend they are pals in real life.
The conversation stalled because Clooney didn’t have a project to promote, so they decided to make one. The pair debuted clips from a fake movie called Decision Strike, in which Clooney plays a “tough, no-nonsense secretary general of the UN.”
One clip showed Clooney coming out of a room and saying, “not now dammit, I’m defusing a nuclear bomb.” In another clip, he comes out of the same room after romancing a woman.
“Sex sells Stephen,” Clooney said, adding, “I did my own sex. I did all of my own stunts.”
Colbert gave up his The Colbert Report desk in December after nine years as host of the Comedy Central show. He is taking over for David Letterman, who said goodbye to The Late Show in May after 33 years. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.