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Gorgeous George

So, did anyone hear George Clooney on Desert island Discs this morning? Good God, that man is charming. I remember when he first appeared in E.R., which I didn't watch, and loads of women's magazines were raving about how gorgeous he was, and the pictures of him did nothing for me. Then I saw him in Out of Sight, and I had to admit, he had star quality. He's been proving this ever since.

He really is an old fashioned film star, in a very good way. And when you realise that not only is he funny and charming and dashingly attractive, but that he's also an old fashioned lefty - well, I can't resist his allure any more. He told a great story on the radio this morning about how when his family attended big functions (his dad was a TV new reader) in Kentucky, where he grew up, he and his sister always started bolting their food if anyone at the table made a racist remark, because they knew that their dad would make a big scene and walk out, and they wanted to get as much fancy food down them as possible.

He also does lots of good things for indie film, and doesn't seem to have becomes some sort of "now I am rich and famous,I can't imagine how anyone survives without a huge household staff". Sue Lawley was talking to him about taking low pay cheques for indie films, and said "you did [one of his indie films, can't remember which one] for nothing", and he said "well, no, not nothing, it was for $125,000, which is much more than most people earn in a year."

And even though I normally hate this journalist, even she can't stop his charm coming though in this interview.

Yeah. I like him.


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Feb. 28th, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)
Doesn't he sound lovely in that interview? Unlike the evil interviewer with her an abject, anoraked huddle of androgynes description of the fans. Those fans bought the Guardian to read the interview, Evil One! Play nice.
Feb. 28th, 2003 06:11 am (UTC)
Eek! I thought he was really slimy in that interview! I thought he was just playing the game - saying what he thought he was supposed to say.

But I saw Solaris the week before last, and am currently suffering from Clooney over-exposure, in both the media and Naked Arse senses. So maybe I was prejudiced!
Feb. 28th, 2003 06:29 am (UTC)
Naked Arse, you say? Apart from that, is Solaris any good? I suffered greatly while watching the old version, and have no great wish to suffer like that again.
Feb. 28th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)
no. i never saw the original, and i reallyreally wanted to like this one, but it was so cold. none of the emotion touched me.
Feb. 28th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, what jacito said.

I did enjoy the design, because I love futuristic design-type stuff. There just isn't a huge amount going on plot-wise: it kind of makes Space Odyssey 2001 look fast-paced and action-filled. We got to see it at a free preview, so for free it was fine. I can't imagine that I'd have paid to go and see it.

And the Naked Arse stuff was - intriguing. It's the first film I've ever seen where, given a choice between a naked man's body and a naked woman's body, the camera goes for the naked man every time.
Feb. 28th, 2003 06:44 am (UTC)
Whereas if he'd said that he totally supported George W. Bush and the war on Iraq, you would have assumed that of course he was completely sincere?
Feb. 28th, 2003 07:24 am (UTC)
Hee! I don't know. It might have confused my worldview somewhat.
Feb. 28th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC)
I have a major soft spot for George Clooney. For all those reasons you said. And I would like to thank him personally for his "that's more than most people make in a year comment." Thank you, thank you, thank you for not acting like making ten times as much money as I do is some huge hardship!

I couldn't read that interview you linked to, though; the writing just set my teeth on edge.
Feb. 28th, 2003 08:15 am (UTC)
I didn't hear the interview, but I love him for that comment, too. It's such a wonderful contrast from that awful thing that Catherine Zeta Jones said at her recent court case against Hello! - when the QC jokingly remarked that he would like someone to pay him £1,000,000 for his wedding pictures, she said something like, 'oh, I know it sounds like a lot of money to some people, but it's really not, to us.'

I mean, gah! I can see the point that she was trying to make - that they didn't sell their wedding shots to OK for mercenary reasons - but still, what an awful way to make it. I had a snarl on my face for about half an hour after reading about it.

Apologies for tangent. Carry on.
Feb. 28th, 2003 08:00 am (UTC)
I love George so, so, so much. He is my Official Exception - you know, the one person that you get to sleep with if you get the chance, even if you're in a relationship. (Mark's is Jennifer Connolly.)

I just think he's smart and charming and oh dear lord he is just so fucking sexy. And now I'm getting all hot and bothered at my desk. George, mrowr.
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