An all-time great and one of the coolest dudes on the planet sat down with fans on Reddit to do in AMA. Here's some of the best responses.
R: Have you hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio? I heard a story about how you kicked his ass at basketball.
GC: 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.
R: Why do you have such lonely eyes?
GC: I actually have only one lonely eye. The other eye’s got nothin’ but friends.
R: Do you ever regret playing Batman?
GC: Haha I get that question a lot. It’s a funny thing, you’ve got to remember that when you’re doing a movie, a lot of times you’re spending 4 or 5 months on set and sometimes you’re making really good friends and sometimes not. Some of the best films have been the least fun experiences and some of the worst, I’ve made lifelong friends out of it. It’s the kind of thing where the memory of the film is very different than how it was reviewed, because it’s months out of your life and you end up making close friends or having great experience on films that don’t necessarily work. And that’s a tricky thing to come to terms with.
R: I loved the movie Gravity. You and Sandra have great chemistry together. Were there any funny moments that happened during shooting?
GC: It’s tricky cause Sandy drinks so much that oftentimes it’s just hard to keep her upright. No, you know, Sandy and I have known each other for over 20 years and we both were struggling actors when we first met. She was dating a friend of mine at the time who’s still a good friend of ours. Every time we’re together it’s funny. She’s somebody I adore, really, she’s just fun to be in a room with. I’m sure people will assume people aren’t quite who they appear to be on screen--they’re shorter or taller or meaner or dumber--but Sandy is exactly what she appears on screen, an incredibly charming woman who’s really just fun to hang out with. Very smart and centered, even though she does drink a lot.
R: Hey George, What advice can you give a young filmmaker for their writing/directing process?
GC: First of all, have a point of view and have a story to tell, and go shoot it. In the last 10 years things have changed. You can shoot your own film at a cost you can afford, get it up and get it seen. Don’t wait for the establishment to tell you you can do it, just go to work. It used to be that you couldn’t get a job until you were in the Screen Actors Guild, which you couldn’t do if you weren't in the union, and its not like that anymore. That’s how we have artists like Justin Bieber. The world is better for it now.
R: I'm a huge fan of both your and Brad Bird's work. Can you tell us anything about Tomorrowland?
GC: Brad is a really good guy with a wild imagination. If I don’t screw it up it will be a great film. You have to be careful what you say because everything is top secret, so I don't want to ruin it by telling you that everyone dies in the end.
R: I'm feeling hungry Mr. Clooney. What, in your eyes, is the perfect sandwich?
GC: Oh the perfect sandwich. Well, good question. The perfect sandwich would be... I want to come up with two gorgeous actresses but I won't do that.
R: KY PRIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GC: Well, I hope you mean KY the state, and not KY jelly. Because, you know, I don’t know how proud you should be about that.
R: What's the one movie role you're most embarrassed / ashamed about, that you don't mind sharing? Surely the coolest man on earth has something to share?
GC: 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.
R: What is a hobby of yours that most people don't know about?
GC: I'm a cobbler, I like to make shoes.
R: Were you always awesome and charismatic, or did you go through an awkward stage like the rest of us?
Also, what would you be doing if you weren't acting?
GC: Um. I’d be unemployed probably. I have no idea, I’d probably have gone back to Kentucky if I hadn’t succeeded and found a job there like everyone else. The funny thing about my career is that, I’m the first one to be very well aware of how lucky I am to be where I am. I appreciate it all. But I would have made a living, fed myself, housed myself. And 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.
R: Mr. Clooney - What is the best prank that a costar/crew has played on you on set?
GC: 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.
R: How do celebrities feel when they get poked fun of at certain award ceremonies?
GC: Usually it’s pretty funny. You know I got really good by Tina and Amy the other day and I’m working on getting them back in a big way. But for the most part most of the time when it’s bad it’s actually funny. You actually feel bad for the comedians up on stage cause you know if you’ve ever gone to a comedy club and you see somebody bomb it makes