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The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

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The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by Katiedot on Sat Oct 22 2011, 11:57

Warning, cut'n'paste identikit "interview" ahead:

From The Express

GEORGE CLOONEY: I FEEL FABULOUS AT 50 - EVEN IF I CAN'T KEEP A GIRLFRIEND

Saturday October 22 2011 by Garth Pearce

GEORGE Clooney insists that old age holds no fears for him. “I am only half way there,” he jokes. His confidence is helped by girlfriend Stacy Keibler, a model and former wrestler, who is 18 years younger.

“There is nothing wrong with getting older,” says Clooney. “I am going to enjoy this part of my life. I’ve always admired the experience and the abilities of older people. Nothing has changed now that I’m one myself.”

In truth, Clooney looks like few other 50-year-olds. He has kept his figure slim by playing basketball – he hates gyms and exercise routines – and wears the groomed, casual look that is usually the mark of only the very rich. Yet he has also allowed his neatly cut hair to go grey, quotes his preferred food as steak with a beer and dresses down in jeans, T-shirt and leather jacket.

“I have had a fantastic life and continue to do so,” he tells me, without apology. “I may have looked different had I done a proper job over the years that involved hard physical labour.”

But, he insists, he has always looked older than his years. “I remember, shortly after my 43rd birthday being in Italy and a younger girl said to me: ‘Hey, Georgio, how olda you?’ I was stupid enough to ask what no man should ever ask: ‘How old do you think I am?’ She said: ‘50’. I said: ‘You think I am 50 years old?’ She looked puzzled and said: ‘OK then – 51?’”


I won’t be having any facelifts. I always look at actors who have them and ask: ‘Why?’ They no longer look like themselves. The older actors I’ve admired, like Paul Newman, simply aged naturally.

“I will work less in front of the camera, simply because there are fewer roles for older actors. So I will try to direct more films and use my experience that way. I want to write and direct for a mature, thinking audience. I have never underestimated the power of older people. My father worked for 40 years as a news anchorman in TV and never seems to stop doing things at 77.”

He also draws the line at love scenes with much younger women. “I have never been comfortable with love scenes anyway and it does not look right. If there is an on-screen romance I prefer someone of my own age.”

But off-screen, Clooney does seem to have had a succession of younger girlfriends. His latest, Stacy, 32, has suddenly emerged on the scene after the end of his romance with Italian actress and presenter Elisabetta Canalis, 33. This is always a no-go area for Clooney, who is content to talk openly about other areas of his life.

But he does admit: “I am always working, travelling and have so many other interests, outside acting. I’m difficult to have as a boyfriend. “I am too driven and selfish. I have heard it again and again. No woman wants to be with a man who is working all the time. They look at how I live my life and, after that length of time, don’t like what they see.”

The women who came to that conclusion after long romances with Clooney include French student teacher Celine Balitran, actress Krista Allen and Britain’s Lisa Snowdon. “I do begin to wonder: ‘Am I going to be relegated to these three-year relationships for the rest of my life?’” he asks. “My trouble is that I keep on taking jobs and those jobs take me further away from home. I understand the problems. I am not married. I do not have kids. What I really have is work. I like being on a film set.”

Clooney has always made work his priority, even in the days, 27 years ago, when he arrived in Hollywood with £200 to his name. He tells a story of how he was introduced to the facts of Hollywood life very early by actor Miguel Ferrer, eldest son of his famous singer aunt Rosemary Clooney.

“I remember Miguel took me for a drive up Sunset Boulevard and we arrived in front of the old Screen Actors Guild building,” he says. “We pull up at a stoplight and these girls come up to the car and ask: ‘Baby, do you want to party?’

“I was like ‘Girls love me, man. I am on fire in Hollywood. I should have come a long time ago’. And Miguel says: ‘They are hookers, you idiot’.”

“I had never seen a prostitute in my life, coming from Kentucky. But there I was, fooled completely. I realised I had a lot to learn about Hollywood, life and women.”

He made friends with other out of work actors, with whom he remains close today. They are often seen at his Hollywood home, or at his sumptuous house on Lake Como, Italy, enjoying his renowned hospitality. “I value loyalty very highly,” he says. “They were loyal to me and I try to be loyal to them. I am comfortable with people I have known for a very long time.”

But there were some humiliating interviews in those early days, as he tried to get work. He met top director Francis Ford Coppola and read for a role. “He called my agent afterwards and asked if there was something mentally wrong with me,” he recalls.

“I did wonder, many times, whether I was going to make it. And then something lucky happens. I had been in a lot of TV shows and hailed films and made so many mistakes. But thanks to the show ER, which was given a Thursday night 10pm time slot in America, I became well known.”

He shows disdain for the way some top stars take themselves seriously. “The problem is that they actually start to think of themselves in a special way,” he says. “They think: ‘I am famous because I earned it’.

“That is not true. It happens on a flick of a coin. Even when I was young living at home there was a very famous actor on TV, complaining about his life. I resented it. I can remember even today how I felt about that and promised myself, if I ever made it, I would not become like that person.”

He prefers to keep a low profile when not promoting his films, as he was doing at the London Film Festival this week. “I don’t tweet and I don’t do Facebook,” he says.

“I sign autographs, because it is important to give that respect back to those who pay to see your work.”

That work currently includes what could be his greatest achievement, with The Ides Of March. He co-wrote the script, arranged financing, directed the movie and performs one of the lead roles as politician Mike Morris. It is a hard-hitting, cynical and at times thrilling story set around the race to be the Democratic candidate in an American presidential election. It is already a potential Oscar contender.

Clooney is also the star of another sharp and funny new film, The Descendants, premiered this week at the Film Festival, playing a father learning the truth about his wife’s infidelity from one of his two daughters. It will be out in the New Year.

“I don’t have time to stop,” he says. “And that includes wasting any time worrying about my age.”

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by Guest on Sat Oct 22 2011, 13:05

Good interview, thanks katie. I am glad he respects his audience, whatever happened at NYFF. He made sure to make it up in Paris and London, which is nice.

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by it's me on Sat Oct 22 2011, 13:24

old stuff
nothing new
IMO

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by lelacorb on Sat Oct 22 2011, 15:22

Lately, the interviews are all the same issues that George, I start to get bored.

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Post by lolo"layla" on Sat Oct 22 2011, 15:35

yep me too .although i did post this interview on CU.

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by pattygirl on Sat Oct 22 2011, 15:59

You say you're getting bored with George's interviews. What do you expect from him. His interviews are about his current work, IOM and TD. Of course, they are going to be repetitious. Are you expecting him to talk about his private life all of a sudden? By now, you should know that he doesn't do that. Right how, his "life" is his new movies. You seem to feel he's following a script. It is not necessarily a script, but when asked the same questions over and over, doesn't it stand to reason that the answers would become rote. What else is there for him to say. You know he isn't going to call about SK or EC.

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by cindigirl on Sat Oct 22 2011, 16:17

Does anybody believe he really said 'even if i can't keep a girlfriend'.
There's so much drivel written about him I don't believe even half of it. He won't even talk about Stacy who is part of his public life.

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by Casey on Sat Oct 22 2011, 17:21

Many of these quotes are old. Looks like a cut and paste job.

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by melbert on Sat Oct 22 2011, 17:33

I agree Casey. He either is repeating the same old, same old, OR, the interview ends and the interviewer cuts/pastes from everywhere else. At least they do have the current project in the interview.

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by lelacorb on Sat Oct 22 2011, 17:57

cindigirl wrote:Does anybody believe he really said 'even if i can't keep a girlfriend'.
There's so much drivel written about him I don't believe even half of it. He won't even talk about Stacy who is part of his public life.
In an interview with an Italian newspaper said, I understand why women leave me after a while. He seemed to want to play the part of the seduced and abandoned ....?

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Post by it's me on Sat Oct 22 2011, 18:00

bah!
no way

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by Katiedot on Sat Oct 22 2011, 18:03

Yes, the english quote is similar. Something about how he understands women don't want to stay with him becuase of his commitments to work. That's an old quote so not sure if he's saying it again or something from years ago is just being recycled.

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Post by Dexterdidit on Sun Oct 23 2011, 01:11

I've heard some of what he said before and it is hard to tell if it is new or not. George tends to repeat the same answers and the same stories over and over again. I was hoping he would have some new ones after his break from doing interviews.

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Post by sandwiches on Mon Oct 24 2011, 17:17

This line cracked me up:

“I was like ‘Girls love me, man. I am on fire in Hollywood. I should have come a long time ago’. And Miguel says: ‘They are hookers, you idiot’.”

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Post by it's me on Mon Oct 24 2011, 17:40

viva Miguel!!! cheers

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Post by NotAvailable on Tue Oct 25 2011, 05:22

Yeah, maybe we shouldn't put too much speculation on his "girls" either. They do seem to be temporary at best. Think he learned the dif between serious and light-hearted. he didn't want serious relationships that would tear him up emotionally when they would eventually leave him. So he has settled for the more light-hearted flings that won't be as difficult to loose. Its the "girls" who forget that and expect him to fork over a more serious relationship when he's not ready to. But I think that is what he is hinting at when he says he wants to start slowing down and just direct movies. Maybe he is thinking about a serious relationship now, one he can be happier with. Don't think present company girl is on that menu. Prolly award season and done. She prolly knows it too. Wink

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by michaelkaran on Fri Oct 28 2011, 12:11

Loved the interview. Humility at it's personified best !

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Re: The Express, Oct 2011: George Clooney: "I feel fab at 50 even if I can't keep a girlfriend"

Post by MyGirlKylie on Fri Oct 28 2011, 16:36

sandwiches wrote:This line cracked me up:

“I was like ‘Girls love me, man. I am on fire in Hollywood. I should have come a long time ago’. And Miguel says: ‘They are hookers, you idiot’.”

Laughing

LMAO, loved that part. LOL!

Seems like he gives the wash, rinse, repeat answers because most interviewers ask the same questions over and over. They ask a few things about whatever project he's working on then slip in the standard relationship and now age questions. I loved the interview he did for Leatherheads on a show called This Morning and the woman asked him all sorts of funny stuff and he looked like he was relaxed and having a good time.

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Post by it's me on Fri Oct 28 2011, 22:53

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Post by melbert on Sat Oct 29 2011, 01:32

I love this interview!!!! Cut out Renee, but leave in Alison and George!!! cheers

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Post by NotAvailable on Sat Oct 29 2011, 12:55

Yeah, I liked Alison's interview with Gee. She was so funny and he was having a bit of fun there.

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