The best of George Clooney's Reddit AMA

The actor talked about upcoming film "Tomorrowland" and getting pranked by Brad Pitt


Prachi Gupta
January 29, 2014 3:42AM (UTC)

After dangling in the air on the set of upcoming film "Tomorrowland" for a few hours, George Clooney took a break from acting to have his friends type and paste his answers into a Reddit AMA. Clooney spoke about his infamous kitty litter prank on Richard Kind, the time he got pranked by Brad Pitt and what it was like to film "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock.

On working with Sandra Bullock on "Gravity"

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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.

About his current film, "Tomorrowland," directed by Brad Bird:

I literally have a harness on and I’ve been hanging from 30 ft from 4 different blue screens and literally as we are talking they are all staring at me because I had to get down to do this. I have all these wires hanging off of me.

Brad is a really good guy with a wild imagination. If I don’t screw it up it will be a great film. You have to be careful what you say because everything is top secret, so I don't want to ruin it by telling you that everyone dies in the end.

On that time he pranked Richard Kind:

It took him a long time to figure it out. At first he figured out that I'd done it and then he found I spent the whole week planning it out. And if you know Richard Kind's work from "Spin City" or other things he's a big, loud guy. Once he fully realized what was going on, he just yelled, "I understand humor, defecation doesn't make me laugh." Which I suppose should go on someone's tombstone.

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On that time Brad Pitt pranked him:

It was Brad, we were shooting "Oceans 12" in my hometown in Lake Cuomo and he had a flyer sent around saying George only wants to be called by his character’s name Danny Ocean, don't look him in the eyes, and it got into the local paper. As you know, jokes don’t translate at all, and they called me il divo, and said that I was treating the crew like shit. When it got into the paper I came downstairs and Brad had the paper in his hand, and I said “You’re mine from here on out.” Brad just said, “Please don't harm my children.” Yeah, he’s done some pretty rotten things.

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Advice for aspiring filmmakers:

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 it's not like that anymore. That’s how we have artists like Justin Bieber. The world is better for it now.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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