Reddit AMA's (Ask Me Anything) have become a rite of passage for entertainers big and small. Today's AMA guest falls under the big category.
Movie star extraordinaire George Clooney stepped up to the keyboard today to promote his upcoming World War II art-rescuing adventure "The Monuments Men" and his satellites-for-good charity The Satellite Sentinel Project. However, as Reddit's acronym-ious name implies, Clooney fans just as eager to ask the man about pretty much anything.
Here's what we learned:
About whether the sex symbol had ever been through an awkward phase:
…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 Grifin? 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 a 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.
Yes, we found the vid. Yes, he’s promoting "The Facts of Life." Yes, it's glorious:
About which co-star actually out-pranked him:
It was Brad, we were shooting Oceans 12 in my hometown in Lake Como and he had a flier 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 shit. 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.
About the role he regretted most:
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. But I have plenty of other things that I’m really obviously embarrassed about too. Oftentimes it’ll be stumbling out of a bar drunk or something dumb like that but as you get older a major goal in life is try to do less and less embarrassing things. You know, try not to face plant publicly as often as possible.
About kicking Leonardo DiCaprio's butt in basketball:
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.
About how he wound up in Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn":
Quentin directed an episode of ER and Rob and he were working on this project at the time and Quentin came over and said ‘You wanna come in and meet on this project?’ Yeah, are you kidding? I’d get to work with Juliette Lewis and Harvey Keitel and Rob and Salma and Quentin. I was playing a pediatrician on a hospital show and all of a sudden I get to murder people? I thought that was pretty great. I got to spend 8 weeks or so in the T--ty Twister, what was the downside?
About how he needed one good note to find his "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" character:
The first day, I’m shooting a scene with John Goodman where he hits me in the head with a stick, and I was playing it like an idiot because these are the stupidest guys in America and Joel and Ethan walked over and said ‘Listen, you’re the smartest guy in the room in every single scene,’ and I said ‘Oh, okay’ and once I knew he was the smartest guy in the room the character really made sense.
About shooting Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland," what he was doing before sitting down for his AMA:
I literally have a harness on and I’ve been hanging from 30 ft from 4 different blue screens and literally as we are talking they are all staring at me because I had to get down to do this. I have all these wire hanging off of me. Brad is a really good guy with a wild imagination. If I don’t screw it up it will be a great film.
"The Monuments Men" opens wide Feb. 7.
See George Clooney in "The Monuments Men" theatrical trailer:
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