Think of George Clooney and several things immediately spring to mind: that he's handsome, debonair, charismatic and a crusader for human rights. But what's lesser-known about Gorgeous George is that he's also Hollywood's most incorrigible prankster, a big kid in a fiftysomething's body. From Matt Damon and Brad Pitt to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, many an A-lister has fallen foul of Clooney's oh-so-hilarious gags.
Indeed, his Hail, Caesar! co-star Alden Ehrenreich once recalled how Clooney persuaded him, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Josh Brolin to all turn their backs on the cameras at the film's LA premiere. "So we did it and George didn't," said Ehrenreich. "There's a great picture of George laughing at the camera with Josh and us looking like idiots."
See what a riot he is. No matter that he's directed such political polemics as Good Night, and Good Luck, or starred in hard-hitting thrillers like Syriana, it seems that Clooney is never too self-important and sanctimonious for a good old-fashioned practical joke. Some have even been pretty funny. Here, then, are his best – or most annoying – ones.
Photographing his genitals – with other people’s cameras
Back in the Eighties, Clooney developed a proclivity for stealing friends' cameras and using it to take pictures of his nether-regions wearing glasses. "We called him Mr Face," he told Esquire. "You put sunglasses and a cigarette, and it actually looks like a person. I haven't done that in a long time. I think 1988 was my last Mr Face impersonation." Pop singer Pat Boone was among the victims.
David Letterman received an up-close look at a quaint Kentucky town for the second episode of his Netflix talk show.
George Clooney, along with his parents Nick and Nina Clooney, are featured in the second episode of Letterman’s show, titled “My Guest Needs No Introduction.”
Letterman interviewed Clooney’s parents at their Augusta home, according to The Ledger Independent in Maysville. It’s unsure how much footage of Augusta will be used in the show, which debuts Friday.
Nick Clooney told The Ledger Independent that Letterman was friendly and funny while in Augusta.
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“He loved the town and had a wonderful time,” George’s father said. “He even took a ride on the Augusta ferry. Overall, it was a wonderful experience for everyone involved.”
Augusta Pub, a bar that was also featured in the show, will host a viewing party for the episode, the newspaper said.
The star of the episode, of course, will be George Clooney, a Lexington native and Augusta-raised famed actor.
Letterman’s interview with Clooney, according to Entertainment Weekly, will cover his childhood, journey through Hollywood and his personal life. He also went into detail with Letterman about how he met his wife, world-renowned human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
The one-hour show was filmed late last year.
Clooney follows in the footsteps of former President Barack Obama, who was the first guest of Letterman’s Netflix show, when it debuted on Jan. 12.
Up next for Clooney is a return to television, where he will star in “Catch 22,” a World War II-era miniseries on Hulu. It will be Clooney’s first TV series role since his breakthrough on “ER.”
George Clooney and Amal Clooney arrive at the 42nd Cesar Film Awards ceremony at Salle Pleyel in Paris in February 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
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