George Clooney stopped by Reddit yesterday for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) to promote his new film The Monuments Men and the Satellite Sentinel Project. Being who he is, of course some of the things he said were truly priceless. We’re not sure he was being truthful all the time, but we are sure it was very entertaining. Is there anything he can’t do well and with style?
Here are the 10 most interesting and funniest things he had to say…
1. He is really into cobbling shoes (we think).
“I’m a cobbler, I like to make shoes. 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.”
2. He thinks Sandra Bullock drinks a lot.
“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 onscreen — they’re shorter or taller or meaner or dumber — but Sandy is exactly what she appears onscreen, an incredibly charming woman who’s really just fun to hang out with. Very smart and centered, even though she does drink a lot.”
3. He beat Leonardo DiCaprio in basketball.
“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.”
4. He revealed a prank Brad Pitt pulled on him.
“We were shooting Ocean’s 12 in my hometown in Lake Como, 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. 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 s–t. 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.”
5. He pooped in a litter box to prank his roommate.
“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.”
6. He was kind of embarassed as Batman.
“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 to try to do less and less embarrassing things. You know, try not to face plant publicly as often as possible.”
7. He steals props from sets.
“Every once in a while I get some fun ones. I remember I got this insane-looking prop from this movie Solaris. It was the size of a lunchbox and it had all these intricate lights and tubes, and I snuck it into Richard Kind’s carry-on bag. They ran it through the machine and pulled it off and asked, ‘What is this? Did you pack your own bag?’ He had no idea what to say. Of course this was pre-9/11. If you did that now it would be a very horrible thing, but it was very funny at the time. Anyway, don’t do that at home.”
8. He doesn’t mind being the butt of jokes at awards shows.
“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…Shows like that are designed to have fun with you without being devastatingly unkind. I’ve been the target of a couple of stupid jokes that didn’t work, but in general I’ve only seen a couple that were really vicious toward people…”
9. He revealed his perfect sandwich (food, not women)
“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. Name your two. I don’t know you know I’d have to think about it. I do like ham and avocado and a little tomato and a little mustard. Just a simple deli sandwich is great. You know, put some coleslaw in there.”
10. He picked who would win a fight: His Batman or Danny Ocean.
“I don’t think my Batman could have even walked across the stage. If Batman actually had to wear the suit that I wore, which was like 40 pounds of rubber, he literally physically wouldn’t be able to lift his arms. They put you on a flat board, lie you on the ground and bolt you into this thing, and then they just pull the board out and leave you standing. Joel Schumacher goes action, I say ‘I’m Batman’ and then, cut, they drop me back down on the board and leave me on my back. Everitt McGill could kick Batman’s ass.”
Check out the full transcript here.