George Clooney came down off a wire on the set of the film "Tomorrowland" for an Ask Me Anything chat on Reddit on Tuesday. He introduced himself as "a filmmaker who's worked on films you may know" who was "also a guest star on 'The Golden Girls.'"
A post on the Facebook page for the film "Monuments Men" was used as proof for Redditors who may have wondered whether it was really Clooney they were lobbing questions at. And then the fun began, with talk of everything from making shoes to making movies to making the perfect sandwich. We've rounded up some of the best back and forth.
Q. What is a hobby of yours that most people don't know about?
"I'm a cobbler, I like to make shoes."
Q. Who's a better cobbler, you or Daniel Day-Lewis?
"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."
Q. Have you hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio? I heard a story about how you kicked his ass at basketball.
"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."
Q. Hey Mr. Clooney, glad to see you here. What was your reaction to being offered the role of Stan's dog in South Park? Did you accept right away or did you take some time to think about it?
"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."
Q.Why do you have such lonely eyes?
"I actually have only one lonely eye. The other eye’s got nothin’ but friends."
Q. What was it like filming Up In the Air? Amazing movie by the way. Also, in general, how do celebrities feel when they get poked fun of at certain award ceremonies?
"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. ... 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, and they didn't work. When they don’t work you feel badly for the person doing it."
Q. Hey George, Welcome to Reddit! I loved the movie Gravity. You and Sandra have great chemistry together. Were there any funny moments that happened during shooting?
"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 ... Every time we’re together it’s funny. ... 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."
Q. I'm feeling hungry Mr. Clooney. What, in your eyes, is the perfect sandwich?
"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."
Q. 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?
"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. ..."
Q. Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?
"Can’t I do both? No, I want the duck-sized horses, I could take them. The saddles on them are so cute."
First published January 28 2014, 2:53 PM