George Clooney participated in a Reddit fan Q&A session earlier today to promote his upcoming movie The Monuments Men and also spread the word about an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to benefit the Satellite Sentinel Project. Enter for your chance to hit the town with Clooney on premiere night in New York (ends January 30) courtesy of Omaze.com and sign up for a Fan Alert for The Monuments Men to know when tickets go on sale.
As for the Q&A session, you can read the full exchange here. We've selected a few particular responses in which Clooney talks about his time as Batman, working on Gravity with Sandra Bullock, his unusual hobby and, gasp, a hint at Beiber Fever! Read on.
Q: Do you ever regret playing Batman?
Clooney: Haha I get that question a lot. It’s a funny thing, you’ve got to remember that when you’re doing a movie, a lot of times you’re spending 4 or 5 months on set and sometimes you’re making really good friends and sometimes not. Some of the best films have been the least fun experiences and some of the worst, I’ve made lifelong friends out of it. It’s the kind of thing where the memory of the film is very different than how it was reviewed, because it’s months out of your life and you end up making close friends or having great experience on films that don’t necessarily work. And that’s a tricky thing to come to terms with.
Q: What advice can you give a young filmmaker for their writing and directing process?
Clooney: First of all, have a point of view and have a story to tell, and go shoot it. In the last 10 years things have changed. You can shoot your own film at a cost you can afford, get it up and get it seen. Don’t wait for the establishment to tell you you can do it, just go to work. It used to be that you couldn’t get a job until you were in the Screen Actors Guild, which you couldn’t do if you weren't in the union, and its not like that anymore. That’s how we have artists like Justin Bieber. The world is better for it now.
Q: I loved the movie Gravity. You and Sandra have great chemistry together. Were there any funny moments that happened during shooting?
Clooney: 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 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: What is a hobby of yours that most people don't know about?
Clooney: I'm a cobbler, I like to make shoes.