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September 12, 2015 01:00 PM

George and Amal Clooney have had a whirlwind first year of marriage together. So how are the two celebrating their one-year anniversary on Sept. 27?

Turns out, the occasion won’t be as glamorous as one would think. The actor and producer already has plans that night for a different kind of celebration – celebrating the life of a close friend.

“Unfortunately, I have to speak at Jerry Weintraub’s memorial,” Clooney regrettably told Entertainment Tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Wientraub, who died earlier this summer, was the esteemed Hollywood power player who executive-produced Ocean’s Eleven, which Clooney starred in.

“This is his last producorial way of screwing me over, that on my anniversary, I have to go to his memorial,” he quipped.

While promoting his new film Our Brand Is Crisis, which he produced and which stars pal Sandra Bullock, the actor, 54, opened up about his wife Amal, who has flown to the Maldives and Sri Lanka to defend former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, who remains imprisoned.

“She’s a grown woman with her own career,” he told ET.

“It’s tough when they’re stabbing her co-counselor [defense lawyer Mahfooz Saeed] in the head a couple days before she gets there. It’s a little nerve-racking. But she’s doing the right thing and she’s doing it for the right reasons.”

Amal, an international law and human rights attorney, is defending Nasheed, who was charged with terrorism and sentenced to 13 years in prison after a much-debated trial. Nasheed is the nation’s first democratically elected president.

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“Amal is in a pretty rough spot right now in the Maldives,” a source close to the London-based barrister previously told PEOPLE. “President Nasheed is a really good, forward-thinking man, in a really dangerous situation, and Amal being there is really tricky and really dangerous.”

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