George Clooney Quotes

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George: “We were at the Smoke House with Tony – Anthony Edwards – and the whole cast, and we’re all in our doctor’s garb and we’re eating and his little baby starts to choke on something. And there’s five actors, you know, looking like doctors, jumped up and went, ‘Somebody do something!’ and everybody’s looking as us like, ‘You do something, idiot!'”

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George: “You’re never as good as they say you are when you’re doin’ good, you’re never as bad as they say you are when you’re bad. If you remember that, you’ll win.”

GC: “The only failure is not to try.”

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GC: “Fame sorta destroys everything you love, people don’t realize that.”

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“I’m really white trash.” –George Clooney

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“I would sit next to the camera, and I always had the feeling I could jump in front of the camera and yell, ‘Fuck!’ And then there was that horrible fear that you might actually do it.” –George Clooney

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About his pig: “He’s doing well, thanks! I’ve had him 12 years, he was supposed to be a dwarf pig, and now, Max is as big as a horse. We go pretty well together… but his pig friends often ask him why he took a guy, and worse, an actor, as a domesticated pet!” –George Clooney

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“You get a lot of grief from people when you sleep with a pig.” –George Clooney, on why he no longer allows Max to sleep in his bed

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“Trying not to be a di k takes work, and there are times when I’m not good at it.” –George Clooney

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On being told that Mark Wahlberg — who, like Clooney, has a gang of buddies — said his posse can kick Clooney’s posse’s collective ass: “That’s true. They could kick our asses. We’re all old men. But we have money. We can buy people who’ll kick his posse’s ass.” –George Clooney

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“You know I’m hungover, don’t ask any of the important questions, ask me the dumb ones.” –George Clooney, from a UK interview February 2000

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When asked about why he likes working with Mark Wahlberg-“It’s easy to work with Mark. He doesn’t complain. He shows up, does his job and he’s easygoing. But the main reason I keep wanting to get him hired is he has some pictures of me with a farm animal.” –George Clooney

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“The longest relationship of my life, by far, but we don’t have sex anymore.” –George Clooney, on Max

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Maysville, says Clooney, is where the Clooney’s get buried. “We’re all buried in the Maysville cemetery.” But he says he won’t be. “I don’t like the idea of being in the ground somewhere for people to come by . . . I want to get cremated. Sprinkled over somebody’s omelet or something. The ultimate final prank.” –George Clooney, Vogue, June 2000

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“I only lacked skill,” he says, laughing. “That was the only thing holding me back.” –George Clooney on trying out for the Cincinnati Reds, Vogue, June 2000

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“I think I buried that franchise.” –George Clooney on his stint as Batman

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“Luckily, both those guys were tied and gagged in my apartment, and that was a problem for the casting department.” –George Clooney on the first two choices (Cage & Gibson) for the role of Archie Gates in Three Kings

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“I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it.” –George Clooney

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How do you relate to this character in this movie (Out of Sight)? – “Well, we’re the same height.” –George Clooney, Q & A Roughcut June 29, 1998

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“So, it was about nine months of reading five scripts a week. That’s all I did. That and drink beer.” –George Clooney, what he did between Batman and Out of Sight, Q & A Roughcut June 29, 1998

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“I call him my earthquake survival kit. The big one hits, I’ll mash an apple in his mouth.” –George Clooney, on his 150 lb. potbellied pig, Max

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“That’s why I let friends stay at the house–to feed the pig when I’m not around. I call Max my earthquake survival kit. I’ve had him nine years now; he’s part of my life. I do still eat pork, though.” –From a 1997 interview on his friends & his pet pig Max

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“It walloped us. It beat the shit out of us.” –George Clooney, on what it was like filming The Perfect Storm

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“Rubber and I don’t seem to get along,” he says of the skintight and very revealing costume he had to wear to play the famous caped crusader. “I’ll tell you one thing, though. I stay well away from bats now…very bad omens. Me no like bat!” –George Clooney

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Earlier this year, his startling bleached blond hair prompted speculation that he had dyed it for a new role. Nothing of the sort-he’d simply lost a bet. “When we’re filming ER I play basketball at lunchtime. I was playing this kid, and the deal was whoever lost had to bleach their hair. Most of the time I beat him, but that day I didn’t. So I had to fulfil the bet. The next day I tried coloring it back, but I looked like Dennis Rodman. It was the color of calico, it was horrible. So I bleached it again and then waited for the gray to grow back . . .” –George Clooney, She Magazine, October 1998

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‘Fail Safe is operating on a relatively small budget. Clooney confessed he cut out the pictures to make this advertisement. “I taped them and put them together on a Xerox machine and blew it up and put it on this poster, and that’s actually the ads we’re using.”‘ –George Clooney, on the ads used for Fail Safe 2000

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“Run for office? No. I’ve slept with too many women, I’ve done too many drugs, and I’ve been to too many parties.” –George Clooney, US Magazine, December 10, 1997

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“Of course it is not true. And even if it were, nobody would really claim that!” –George Clooney, on a report from a German magazine that he has slept with 1,000 women.

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“Do you want the truth or the politically correct version? The truth is that I go plastic – it’s so much easier. And I like to put the bags over my head at night when I sleep, which I think all the kids at home should try. Kidding!” –George Clooney, on whether he uses paper or plastic grocery bags

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“I always make fun of my hair because I have so much of it, I’m going to wake up one day and literally my face will be completely engulfed in hair. As long as it sticks around, I’ll be happy. Bring on the gray, I can take it.” –George on what he calls his ‘advancing hairline’

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“If you really had to wear this thing, everybody would kick the hell out of you. I mean, the most elaborate stunt I’ve been able to do is walk to my trailer.” –George Clooney, on how uncomfortable the Batsuit was

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“After doing One Fine Day and playing a pediatrician on ER, I’ll never have kids. I’m going to have a vasectomy.” –George quoted in US magazine 3-97

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“Fear of intimacy, that’s the phrase for it now. Am I sort of relegated to three-year relationships the rest of my life? Right now I’m not doing much dating. I’m a worker bee now.” — George Clooney, who has broken up with girlfriend Celine Balitran quoted from The Express newspaper September 11, 1999

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“Early September in a batsuit is a living hell. You can’t hear, you can barely move, and the heat! It’ll just kill ya. People ask me if I did my own stunts. And I say, ‘Yeah, I got dressed and walked from the trailer to the set.” –George Clooney –about wearing a 85 pound molded rubber suit for his role as the new Batman

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“I’d hobble over to the set with a cane, they’d say ‘Action!’ and I’d have to walk normally across the Batcave where another cane was waiting for me. Not exactly the stuff of superheroes.” –George Clooney –about the torn leg ligament he suffered during filming his TV series ER and then going to film Batman & Robin (sometimes leaving the set of ER at 1:30AM and starting as Batman at 6AM that same day)

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“I partied a lot, got drunk a lot.” –George Clooney, his college years at Northern Kentucky University

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And what about enjoying fame? “I’m the flavor of the month. It’s just been a very long month.” -George

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George about wearing the batsuit. “The truth is, if I wore the batsuit, a seven year old could kick the hell out of me because I can’t lift my arms.”

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“Joel didn’t get along with Val,” says Clooney, who starts riffing about the shock of discovering that your very own ding-a-ling has been drawn into someone else’s quarrel. “Why did my penis size have to become part of the argument? The last thing you want is someone saying, ‘George had to get a bigger codpiece,’ because that leaves all the room for everybody else to bury you. Your like, ‘You guys go worry about your own dicks and please leave my penis out of it.'” –US Magazine——July 1997

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“We had a 1-25 record. All the other area schools wanted to play us for their homecoming games, because they were sure they would win.” –George Clooney, on his career as a high school hoopster, he played center even though he’s only 5’11”

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George Clooney’s top gift choice. “Honestly, I would love a case of frozen hot dogs from the Wiener Circle in Chicago. It’s the joint where you go after you’ve been drinking all night, and frankly, it was the best hot dog I’ve ever had in my life.” –George Clooney, Chicago Sun Times

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“I guess I could legally be president, but I really wouldn’t want to place the fate of the world into my hands…” –George Clooney

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A journalist from a women’s magazine grabbed him from behind, whipped out a tape recorder and asked, “What kind of animal would you most like to be?” He paused for a second as a phalanx of handlers began to hustle him out, and replied, “A human being,” before he disappeared. –George Clooney, Cannes Film Festival, At The OBWAT? Party, May 2000

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When asked – At home, in which outfit do you feel the more at ease ?—- “All naked with only a cook apron on and making grilled sausages… but the most difficult thing is to avoid making the one between my legs grilled too!” –George Clooney

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Do they watch ER in Eastern Europe? “No they don’t. People thought I was Tom and Nicole’s bodyguard [during the filming of “The Peacemaker”]. They’d come up and go, ‘Is it okay if I go up and ask for an autograph?’ It was good. I’d charge ’em three bucks a person. Yeah, you gotta make some money off of that.” –George Clooney

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“I’m the illegitimate love child of John Ashcroft. I want that out there.” –The always quotable George Clooney, Golden Globe Awards 2001

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“I’m kind of like Lassie. I come in, bark a couple of times, and walk out. And then I leave a mess on the carpet.” – George Clooney, 1986.

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“I’m now aware of how brief life is, and how you have to mark every day and make it matter – not just the best moments, the award nominations, the opening nights. If all my life is about is these satellite moments, what then? They come, and they’re gone. I have to live it whole. It’s finally about friendship and loyalty and treating people right.” –George Clooney, Parade (Providence Sunday Journal), June 1998

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“Make some decisions in your life and stand by them; take the heat every once in a while.” –George Clooney

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When asked what occupies his time – “Nothing. I’m a workaholic.” –George Clooney

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“It’s a funny thing, sometimes when actors get famous, they get rid of the things that were around them. But a beautiful sunset is not really cool if you’re sitting there by yourself, going, ‘Well, that’s beautiful.’ You want to be able to look at your friends and go, ‘Isn’t that unbelievable!’ “–George Clooney

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“I’ve found that if you do the right thing, it doesn’t come back to bite ass.” –George Clooney

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George says of his father, Nick Clooney – “He’s always made tough decisions when they wouldn’t benefit him, but you get to see the benefit now when he looks everybody in the eye.” –George Clooney

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“My dad keeps getting on me about not having a family. He says, ‘Name one actor from the 1920s.’ Well, you can’t — not really. Nobody remembers those guys. My dad’s a little too smart for me. The fucker.” –George Clooney

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“I don’t believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately……The options are: You die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It’s a mean thing, life.” –George Clooney

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When asked if he wants kids – “I was married once, and I wasn’t very good at it. I love kids, and I’m a good uncle. But I believe if you’re going to be a parent, there has to be something in you that says, ‘I have to have children.’ You can’t be half-assed about it. There isn’t a voice in me going, ‘Hurry up and have kids.’ My friends have kids, and I get along with them great, so I’ve got them around all the time anyway.” –George Clooney

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“I did all these terrible situation comedies, in which I tried to be funny. Sometimes, if an old episode comes up on TV now, I cringe. It was such a bad combination for me – bad acting, bad comedy and bad hair.” –George Clooney

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It was a lesson he says he learned from his dad. “You honor your contract. It’s your job. It the right thing to do. At the end of the day even if you’re spooned up next to the woman you love, it’s still about what you did that day or didn’t do that day. And whether you can sleep well and live with your decisions.” –George Clooney, Vogue, June 2000

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“I hold doors for people, not just for girls, because it’s polite, and if some girl holds a door open for me, I’m going to stop her and hold the door for her, because it’s what I was raised to do.” –George Clooney

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“Probably the one thing I’m most proud of in my life is how hard I’ve worked at keeping everybody around. It can get tricky. Because when you start to get famous, people start to surround you and tell you how great you are; you get this whole crew of friends you don’t know, and they’re suddenly your best friends. But you have to keep the other people close, and that’s work. So we talk to each other at some point every day. It’s not like some sick, fucked up thing. It’s just like ‘Hey, man, what’s up?’ It can be fucked up if that’s your obsession. But it’s just friendship–the boys. What it is, is the greatest support group ever. That’s what it’s about when it all comes crashing down,” –George Clooney, GQ, October 1997

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Clooney is pushing 40. “I’m 38, thanks!” he says. Actually, it’s a few weeks before his thirty-ninth birthday, but he swears he has no angst about it. “What am I gonna do? Here’s your options: dead or 40.” –George Clooney, Vogue, June 2000

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“The mortar that holds our democracy together is freedom of the press. And with that freedom comes responsibility.” –George Clooney, August ’98 Brill’s Content article “Just Tell us the Truth”

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“I’m a 39-year-old man. In the way I was raised, this is the time when you make your mark.” –George Clooney, Access Hollywood, August 29, 2000

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“I’ll tell you something, I can be surrounded by people – and I usually am – but I can be just as lonely as the next guy. Trust me, if you’re by yourself when the lights go down in Hollywood, it makes you think. Sure, there are always plenty of women who want to be by your side for some reason or another. But that doesn’t mean you just grab one. You learn to move on. You mature – or at least some of us do,” he adds with a chuckle. “You can put me down as a late achiever.” –George Clooney, McCall’s, October 2000

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“I sold insurance door to door. That was a fun job. I sold ladies’ shoes, another fun job. They take a size 8, and they’re trying to get into a size 5. I sold men’s suits, drew caricatures in a mall, cut tobacco for a long time. That’s the worst thing you can do. Working on a movie seven days a week? Pffft, nothing! Cut tobacco for a while in the middle of August: That’s a job.” –George Clooney on why he doesn’t mind a 7-day work week.

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“You’re very lucky when you do what I do for a living. I get to go to places normal people don’t. I get to live in places and become part of the fabric for a certain period of time. And I also get to leave. There’s something great about that, and it makes it more than just a movie. It’s a part of your life.” –George Clooney, why he loves his job.

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“I’m a workaholic. I’m no good at vacationing, and I think that can be a source of frustration to a girl. I think they hate that. They say, I thought you weren’t going to take a job.” –George Clooney, why he has a problem with relationships

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Ever wonder where George gets his humble attitude? “From my dad. He always handled everything he has done professionally and treats people nicely. He draws a line in the sand and doesn’t ever cross it. It’s all from example, all the stuff you learn. You just hope you don’t screw it up too many times. You do the best you can.” –George Clooney

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“Look, it’s very easy to sit here right now with some films in the bank that I like and think I have a shot and feel pretty cocky. But, you know, three years from now, I could very easily be saying, Paper or plastic?” –George Clooney, from an interview for E! Online about the perils of fame

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“One year, my dad gave me the ’59 Corvette he got when he met my mom–he bought it trying to impress her. It didn’t run. I called it the gift that keeps on taking.” –George Clooney, on what was the best Christmas gift he ever got

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“Drinking. That is important. Imperative. If you’d lived my life, you’d drink, too.” –George joking with an E! Online writer¬† in 1999 on what is the most important thing in life/what necessity for him is.

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“Every single day, some photographer or other tries to get into my face and embarrass me. I was with my buddy the other day, and a photographer came up and was, like, `Hey, George, is that, your gay lover?’ And you sit there, going, `Yeah, sure, this is my gay lover, and if you punch the guy out, you give him a story and a lawsuit, which is all he wants in the first place.” Clooney shrugs. “I walked outside with a girl who’s overweight, and a photographer goes, `Hey, George, who’s the fat chick you’re walking with?’ So you curse a guy like that out and he sells the story to Hard Copy.” — George Clooney, Cosmopolitan Magazine

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“I was in a bathroom in Australia, and a guy followed me…The guy took a picture of me taking a leak. I draw the line at taking a leak. I’ve got to draw it somewhere.” –George Clooney, on where he wants the line drawn with the paparazzi, E! Online September 24, 1997

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“As Batman you can’t just cut loose.” –George Clooney

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“Michael Keaton originated the character. Then Val stepped in to save it. I just hope I’m not the guy they say screwed up the whole business.” –George Clooney –about the Batman franchise

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“When you’re young you believe it when people tell you how good you are. And that’s the danger, you inhale. Everyone will tell you you’re a genius, which you are not. And you learn that you’re never as good as they say you are when they say you’re good but you’re never as bad as they say you are when they say you’re bad. And if you understand that, you win.” –George Clooney

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As for kids, the bottom line is: Likes them? Yes. Wants them? No. Definitely not. “It doesn’t seem like a smart thing for me to do, and I’m pretty adamant about that,” he said in ‘People’. “I don’t have anything in me that says rush out and have kids. It’s the ultimate responsibility. “But he likes to play uncle: “I love getting them all hyped up, then giving them back to their parents.” –George Clooney

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Wanna know what inspired George’s accent in OBWAT? “I was actually doing an impression of my Uncle Jack. I grew up in a little town in Kentucky, born and raised there. But it’s been a long time since I’ve been there. There’s different places and different dialects all through Kentucky because you are right on the Ohio River. So, just above Cincinnati it doesn’t really have that but once you are in Kentucky some across the top, a lot of my friends had an accent where they talk through their teeth. So, I sent it to my Uncle Jack because I thought that was the perfect guy and he does it really well. I sent the script and a tape recorder and he recorded all my lines into the tape recorder and he’s got a credit in the movie. He sent back the tape recorder and I turn it on and I hear “Uh, George, uh I was reading your script right here and uh, I don’t think folks around these parts talks like this but we’ll give her a go” and I thought — that is exactly what I needed.” –George Clooney

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“If you don’t love what you’re doing, you don’t do it well. It certainly couldn’t be about making a living.” –George Clooney

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“We are pretty successful guys making this film. We’re carrying these AK 47s and it made us feel more powerful. So you have to think how it must feel for a young kid who’s never been looked in the eye before and how powerful it must make them feel. I don’t know how to solve it.” –George Clooney, Liverpool ECHO, UK, February 2000

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This trip was not only his first to Cannes – it was his first to any film festival. “You know, I’ve never even been to the Oscars, so I’ve never been around so many movie people in one place,” said Clooney. “And from all over the world. Everyone’s talking in different languages, but you can hear they’re talking about movies. It’s cool.” –George Clooney, Cannes Film Festival, At The OBWAT? Party, May 2000

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“Here is the problem,” he says wearily. “If you say, ‘Yes, I am a sex symbol’, you sound like a conceited idiot, and if you say, ‘No’, then you sound as if you are being ungrateful for a compliment most people would appreciate.” –George Clooney, on being called Sexiest Man on the Planet

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It’s a dirty job being locked in a trunk with Jennifer Lopez,:-) but George Clooney is a professional, as he demonstrated on the set of “Out of Sight.” “Around take 30, I was, like, I’m never gonna get it, I went home after the first night so defeated. Our bodies are sliding around in the trunk and I’m covered in mud. And I’m doing some of the lighting with a flashlight, so it was about not shining it on her breasts too long, or anything else that would be wrong.” –George Clooney

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“We’d get into a fight and I’d just mentally leave. I’d think,’In a relationship, we should never have his kind of fight.’ Then, instead of figuring out how to make it work, I looked for a way to get out of it. The truth is, you shouldn’t be married if your that kind of person.” –On why he thinks his marriage failed.

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“I worry about making a resolution. What happens if you keep it? You’d be screwed.” –George Clooney

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“My favorite color is, well, I think plaid.” –George

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“There are times when you want to say, ‘George, take the blue pill!’ But every now and then, to look over and see him with a urine container on his head just makes you feel a little better about your work.” — Julianna Margulies, US magazine, April 1995

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“He’s damned funny! A handsome man with a sense of humor? It doesn’t get better than that!” –Julianna Margulies

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“Oh my God! Women stop me on the street all the time and ask, ‘How do you work with George Clooney? What’s it like kissing him?’ I say, ‘Well, did you ever picture f king your brother?'” –Julianna Margulies

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“If I was stuck somewhere in Alaska at four in the morning without any money and I was in jail, I would call George.” — Julianna Margulies, on how good a friend George is.

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