The Best Bits From George Clooney's Reddit AMA
The Gravity actor, who was answering questions while on set filming science-fiction Disney pic Tomorrowland, opened his AMA with, "Hello reddit, George Clooney here. I'm a filmmaker who's worked on films you may know. I was also a guest star on The Golden Girls."
Those sentences alone were enough to set the mood for what was to come in the Q&A session: pure comic gold. (The dude is hilarious.) He joked about how he beat Leonardo DiCaprio at basketball once and how he's still trying to get through reading the Cat in the Hat series. He also sprinkled in some talk about the UN and his work with raising money for the Satellite Sentinel project that uses satellite images to document crimes against humanity. (Handsome, funny and thoughtful... Excuse us while we swoon.)
Although all of his Reddit AMA makes for an interesting read (and we suggest you check it out in its entirety here), we hand-picked some of our favorite responses, including his biggest pranks, his regrets in playing Batman, and his peculiar hobby of making shoes.
How he compares to Daniel Day-Lewis in their shared hobby of being cobblers:
Let me just tell you this. When Daniel Day-Lewis was spending all his time playing Lincoln, I was just fixing shoes. He's spending all the time focused on the hat, and the pipe, and getting into character, and I remained focused - with the overalls and the hammer.
His feelings on his role as Stan's dog in a South Park episode:
Sparky the gay dog? It was sort of a surprise for me, I mean, here’s something odd, I had never played a dog before. To finally play Sparky the dog was something that I think pretty much completed my career.
The best prank someone played on him on set:
It was Brad, we were shooting Oceans 12 in my hometown in Lake Cuomo 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.
It took him a long time to figure it out. At first he figured out that I'd done it and then he found I spent the whole week planning it out. And if you know Richard Kind's work from Spin City or other things he's a big, loud guy. Once he fully realized what was going on, he just yelled, "I understand humor, defecation doesn't make me laugh." Which I suppose should go on someone's tombstone.
Best behind-the-scenes moments on O Brother, Where Art Thou?:
I mean, there were tons of embarrassing things about that. I remember the Coen brothers assumed I could sing, I kind of assumed I could too. I went into the studio with T Bone Burnett and the Coen brothers and sang my version of Man of Constant Sorrow and they were all looking down at the ground and kind of shaking their heads and they play it back and it’s just terrible, and I think great, they’re going to have to tell me they're going to have to bring in another guy to sing. We were in Mississippi in the summer, even though it was all golden brown. It was the first time they really tried to digitally change the color of a film like that. It was really fun. 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.
His thoughts on the biggest challenges the UN faces:
There’s an awful lot of them right now. I think that the UN always has the same issue which is that the UN doesn’t have its own army. They’re of course people who are committed by each country, but it’s very hard to actually enforce anything and it’s very hard to make mandates strong enough to actually get anything done. For instance, when you’re in Sudan, there’s a mandate that’s been voted on that these guys will protect you but only to a certain extent. So what happens is that the people they’re protecting start to dislike them because they feel they’re not actually being protected. They have a Security Council designed to combat these issues, but the problem is there are interests in these other countries and each has veto power.
Movie role he was most embarrassed about:
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.
And of course, he was asked the age-old question if he regretted taking on the role as Batman, in which he didn't quite say yes or no, but mentioned how he made some lifelong friends from filming it. A Redditor commented, "That was a lot deeper than I was expecting."