RESTRICTED: George's World
My first car was … a 1976 Monte Carlo. It was maroon and all covered in rust. It had a Landau top, but it peeled off.
The medical term I still remember from ER is … “supraventricular tachyarrhythmia” [a fast heart rate]. I did 20 takes and never got it right. I still wake up in the middle of the night screaming “supra …” and I’ve never gotten it wrong since.
The first thing I read in the morning is … The New York Times. Always. I start with the front page and then go right to the op-ed.
Between Brad and Angelina, I’d rather be piloted by … Angelina. She’s got more experience. I was watching one of the entertainment shows and watched Brad bounce the plane along the tarmac five or six times. I talked to him the next day and told him I am not flying with him. He’s actually getting really good at it. But for now, I’ll go with Angelina.
I found my villa in Lake Como, Italy, when … I was motorcycling through the Alps …. It was the most beautiful house I’d ever seen. Without question, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life in terms of lifestyle. You’ve got to disappear sometimes.
An ex-girlfriend is good for … a lot of things. It’s all very good, because I get along with them. They’re good for advice. I’ve been very lucky in that sense because there’s no great animosity.
I keep my Oscar … in a tiny room, a library. It has a bunch on books by people I like, and it has a couple of Golden Globes and SAG awards. It’s not a place where people really go. I’m proud of it, but it’s not something you go in and polish up every day.
The movie that makes me cry is … Batman and Robin.
I get my hair cut every … month, by Waldo. He’s one of my closest friends for 15 years. He worked on ER.
I got my first gray hair at … 18. It was shocking. And then I looked over at my dad, who I was this exact replica of, and he was completely gray at 35. I thought, “Oh man.” I’ve never dyed it.
What I did most at Northern Kentucky University was … avoid going to class. It was 1979, so it was the end of the disco era and it was so exciting to go out and go to clubs. The drinking age was 18.
My father taught me … most things.
If there were a fire in my house, I would take … Max [his 17-year-old potbellied pig]. He moves very slowly now. He’s like Tim Conway in The Carol Burnett Show. He’s my longest relationship.
When a date meets Max, they … are not surprised. Most people know I have a pig. I will tell you, though, because he sleeps across the front doorway, you literally have to step over him to get into the house. People never know if he’s dangerous or not. He’s not.
Watching Brad and Matt with their kids … is really natural. I knew they were going to have kids. There was no question they were going to do it. They’re great kids and a lot of fun. They’re immensely happy. It’s amazing. On the [Ocean’s 13] set, everyone had kids. Julia [Roberts] shows up with her two kids to visit. Casey [Affleck]’s got his kid. I’d sit there, and there were kids everywhere.
My all-time celebrity dream date would be … Sophia Loren. Oh my God. I met her in Milan. She’s unbelievably beautiful, unbelievably fun. She walks in a room and there’s no question that a giant movie star has walked in. I don’t think we have stars like that anymore.
On the set, my favorite sport to play is … basketball. In your head, you’re still 18. I’ll be on the phone and someone will say, “What’re you doing today?” and I’ll be like, “I drove by this 21-year-old with my left today, made a reverse in his face.” It makes you feel like a king.
My signature meal is … tacofest, on Sundays, and Thanksgiving and Christmas [dinners]. Christmas at my house is huge: stuffing, gravy, turkey, the whole thing. And people come to my house for tacofest. The boys come over to play basketball, and then later the wives come and we all watch a movie. This Sunday we’re watching Borat. I’ve been through life with these people. I’ve been best man at their weddings, I’m godfather to a bunch of the kids. It’s a close-knit family.
The last time I was rejected by a woman was … I don’t know. I don’t approach them, really. My relationships have evolved mostly out of friendships. But I’ve said “Hey, let’s go to dinner” before, and they’ve said no plenty of times.
I work out … every single day. On the elliptical machine or the bicycle, or I’ll ride my bike up and down the hill or something. Seven days a week, it’s an hour a day no matter what I do. It’s less about vanity and more about just physically being able to do the things you want to do.
When I’m in the tabloids … I usually don’t notice anymore. The funniest thing is that recently a story came out that I was with some girl from Deal or No Deal whom I had never even met.
On the Ocean’s sets, my favorite prank was … There were so many. It’s a constant battle of evil, rotten things.
My favorite cocktail is … vodka and soda, unless I am in Italy. I drink Absolut. I’m old-school that way. But the entire summer in Italy I drink red wine. I drink my friend Maurizio Zanella’s wine.
I get around today in … two cars and three motorcycles. But 90 percent of the time I ride motorcycles. I have a Harley, an Indian and a bike called an Exile that’s a chopper.
My second language is … Italian. Well, I’m learning. I have been studying for four years. But if you get a couple of drinks in you, it’s easier to speak. I think it’s a confidence thing. And I have absolutely no confidence in it. But if I’ve had a couple glasses of wine, I can have a conversation, or enough of one. Or fake it. You can use your hands a lot to talk …
Our man looks back at life before he was sexy
AUGUSTA, KY., 1964: “My sister and I are on my dad’s 1959 Corvette. My mom didn’t dress me up a lot, so clearly there was some event going on …. I look like Little Lord Fauntleroy. I don’t know why either of us is in black velvet.”
SCHOOL PORTRAIT, CA. 1970: “This is when my mom took her first crack at cutting hair. She also made all my clothes when I was growing up, including a fake leather suit.”
FAMILY PORTRAIT, 1979: “This is my freshman year in college, and I decided to try a mustache out. You can’t see, but the shoes I’m wearing are also fantastic, sort of a fishnet with white sponge bottoms.”
AUGUSTA HIGH SCHOOL, 1979: “This is me as the center on my varsity basketball team. At 5’11”, I was the tallest guy in the school. We were 1-and-25 my senior year, the worst team in the state.”
LOS ANGELES, 1985: “I’m not actually doing a commercial for Raisin Bran. I’m just fooling around. I made those curtains out of pillowcases. I didn’t have any cash. It was my first apartment, and I was just getting things started.”
WITH CONNIE SELLECCA IN BABY TALK, 1990: “This worries me on so many levels. I think that’s a hat in my back pocket. If not, it’s a bag of popcorn. There is no baby in there. It’s clearly a dolphin!”
AT THE PREMIERE OF RED SURF, 1990: “I have three chest hairs. I got ripped off in the chest-hair department. That’s a bad look too. But I do still have that leather jacket.”
BEVERLY HILLS, 1989: “There’s my buddy Max, and that’s my 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88. I gave that car to Noah Wyle. I was living with Kelly Preston and doing the Roseanne show then, and Max was a little baby pig. And now he’s a hog. He’s just hanging out.”
George Clooney on THE BURDEN OF BEING SEXY
(Sarcasm alert!): The flip side of being Sexiest Man Alive is … There’s a lot of pressure. There are all the events you have to show up for. The sash you have to wear that is embarrassing. There’s pressure to remain sexy. That’s why I do a lot of cosmetic work. I’ve been doing a lot of Botox, but I’ve also started on my back and the back of my head so I could see how it works. You should see the back of my neck. So young. So smooth, so wrinkle-free.
This one’s going to be hard for Brad since he’s been Sexiest Man Alive twice. He’s enjoyed that mantle. I’d say “Sexiest Man Alive” to him and he’d go, “Two-time.” So that’s been taken away. We used to call him Two Time. So Brad’s going to be upset too. Brad’s been working out a lot. After Troy, he thought he’d be named it a third time—pull the hat trick, as we called it. But for me, I’ll tell him this is my last hurrah.
EXCLUSIVE! GEORGE REVEALS
His Pick for Sexiest Man Alive
I gotta say, this is a very big disappointment for Matt [Damon], because he did run a very good campaign. The belief is that he just ran out of money in the end. 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. Because I was Sexiest Man Alive nine years ago, in 1997, Matt came to me for advice—like a politician would go to Clinton—and asked how he should run the campaign. I’m afraid he’s going to think that I was using my influence to quietly, secretly take him down. But really, Matt’s got a couple of years left before it’s time for him.
GEORGE TO MATT: “I think you should go with the snake-skin suit and some mousse and give a sort of up-on-your-toes pose”