George and Amal Can’t Hide Their Smiles While Arriving Hand-in-hand in Tokyo

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George Clooney on his Tomorrowland role: ‘Putting me in a summer movie is a very bold thought’.

George Clooney is a little hung over. “I just wrapped a film in New York and landed back in LA on the day of my birthday, so I had about 25 of my good friends over to the house last night,” he says with a sheepish look.Reporters’ questions used to focus on who the eligible bachelor was dating but since his recent marriage to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, Clooney’s coping with the inevitable parenthood question. That’s exactly what he does during a media conference for the Disney sci-fi film Tomorrowland when he’s asked about fatherhood as Mother’s Day approaches. “I knew you were going to get to it somehow,” says Clooney smirking. “I didn’t think you’d go the Mother’s Day route.

I thought you’d do, “There’s a little kid (in Tomorrowland) who’s you as a young boy; does it make you feel like you could have a little boy?’ “But no, you went, ‘You have a mother, and most of us have mothers, and wouldn’t you like to be a father?’ Go back and tell everyone you asked the question. But thank you for asking.” In it, he plays the grown-up version of a former boy-genius inventor who joins a teen (Britt Robertson) on a mission to uncover save-the-world secrets that exist in another dimension. According to Clooney, it’s only just getting started. “I wasn’t looking to get married and then I met someone who I realised I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and hoped that she felt the same way,” Clooney says on the usually taboo topic of his love life. “When I asked her to marry me, we had never even talked about it, so that was one of those moments where she could have said, ‘What are you, crazy? Yes, the film might be named after a Disney theme park but it tackles some important issues regarding mankind’s future “Putting me in a summer movie is a very bold thought,” Clooney says but adds more seriously: “Listen, first and foremost, I think it’s a really bold thing for Disney to be willing to do a film that is not a sequel and that is not a comic book, and to truly invest in a summer film of this sort of ilk.” “When I opened up a description of the character – 55-year-old has-been – I go, ‘Wait, hang on, which part am I reading for?’” says Clooney. “He’s a former genius, a boy genius, who has gotten bitter in his old age.” Actually, the actor champions the positive message in Tomorrowland.”What I love about (Tomorrowland) is that it speaks to the idea that your future is not pre-ordained and pre-destined, and if you’re involved, a single voice can make a difference.” “There were an awful lot of things going on that you felt you could change,” says Clooney. “I grew up in an era where the voice, the power of the one, really did feel as if it mattered. “We had the riots that are reminiscent of the things we are looking at today, but we had the Civil Rights Movement and we had Vietnam, and we had the Women’s Rights Movement, and all those things that you felt you could actually have some part of changing.” Certainly, Clooney has tried to make a difference. I thought we were just having fun here!’ After decades of watching Clooney date a string of actresses, models and cocktail waitresses, it’s heartening for those of us he has won over during years of interviewing him that he not only married someone who was his equal but quite possibly out of his league. “I know, right?” he laughs at the suggestion he married up. “There is no question in my mind that my wife is smarter than me and I am thrilled by that.

Dressed in a black leather jacket over black pants and shirt on this day at a swank Los Angeles hotel to talk about his blockbuster Disney film Tomorrowland, Clooney looks youthful for his age of 54, with only the grey hair and crow’s feet around his eyes to suggest he is 17 years older than his new wife. Rumour has it he managed to entertain cast and crew with some old-time rapping of The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight. “My rapping skills are well-known,” says Clooney. “In fact, many of the great rappers today have fashioned their stylings from me. I was 18 when The Sugarhill Gang hit the scene, and so it’s funny because I’m literally at the actual oldest age of anybody who knows those songs.” “We’re in the water, and it’s cold, and we’re shooting 14 hours, and we’ve been out all night, and it’s terrible,” Clooney says. “What could be worse? He toiled in obscurity for over a decade with 15 unsold TV pilots before he hit the jackpot in 1994 with his iconic role as Dr Doug Ross on the hit medical drama E.R.

He later focused on stretching as an actor and became the only person in Oscar history to be nominated for an Academy Award in four fields: actor (Syriana, 2005, which he won; Michael Clayton, 2007; Up in the Air, 2009; and The Descendants, 2011); writer (2006 screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck; 2012 Adapted Screenplay for The Ides of March); director (Good Night, and Good Luck, 2005); and producer (2012 Best Picture Oscar winner for Argo). I’ve always felt I can be much more effective in the things I want to work on without being tied to politics at all.” That doesn’t mean Clooney isn’t getting a fresh perspective on the Middle East after marrying into a Lebanese family. “I’ve become a bit of a connoisseur of Lebanese food like tabbouleh and I suppose I have a better understanding of the Lebanese culture because let me tell you, man, they show up!” he laughs. “We had a second party for the Lebanese after the wedding and hundreds of them came.”

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