George Clooney is too cool. (On that note, you can expect a column shortly about my "man crushes," but the guy can take it away himself here...)
From the Huffington Post on Friday:
I cut tobacco for a living in Kentucky -- that was hard work. I sold insurance door to door -- that's hard work. Acting is not hard work. If you're lucky enough to be sitting at a table like this, you've been very lucky in your life.
I'm not sure what "table" he was talking about, but it was probably, like, oak or something. He's right, though. I'm glad he admitted it. Some will say he's just one of the fortunate actors (the one per cent if you're "really original" or a hippie) to make millions and millions of dollars at acting while others struggle to survive, but he paid his dues for years (Roseanne, anyone?)
On that note...
"You caught the brass ring somewhere along the way. I've known a tremendous number of talented actors who didn't get opportunities. Is it hard work? It's long hours, but nobody wants to hear you complain. I remember I was selling women's shoes at a department store, which is a lousy job."
Okay... is it just me, or would a movie starring George Clooney as a middle-aged man in a midlife crisis that takes a job as a salesmen in a women's shoe story be amazing? Sole Food... what about that? Kind of like a sequel to Tom Hanks in Larry Crowne... that could be a 2011/12 version of Armageddon/Deep Impact.
"I remember I would hear of famous stars complaining in Hollywood about how hard their life was -- I didn't want to hear that... So I don't find it difficult. I find it challenging, and sometimes I'm very bad at it, but I don't find it hard."
Those are right up there with this beautiful zinger from a while back...
"Run for office? No. I've slept with too many women, I've done too many drugs, and I've been to too many parties."
(Originally posted on White Cover Magazine)
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