Asking George Clooney to be the godfather to your kid could either be a very good or a very bad thing – but I’m pretty sure it’s nothing in the middle. It’s either the best idea ever, or the stupidest thing a person could do. George is supposedly pretty fun, would probably buy the kid a lot of great stuffed animals (do kids still like those?) and has a great house on Lake Como. All essential qualities for an awesome godparent. On the other hand, George is a notorious playboy with a penchant for women much younger than him. So if you end up having a daughter, you’d have to keep a close eye on her after her eighteenth birthday. And really, isn’t that the age at which you’d like to start relaxing a little? But Nicole Kidman is either quite sure she’s having a boy, or she really wants access to that Lake Como house, because she’s named George Clooney as her future kid’s godfather.
Nicole Kidman doesn’t know if she is having a baby boy or girl with husband Keith Urban, but she’s already picked out a godfather for the tot – her good pal George Clooney! Now that she’s no longer married to Tom Cruise, Nicole has abandoned the Church of Scientology and has embraced her Catholic roots, so she is planning on having the baby baptized in the Catholic Church, an insider tells Star. “Nicole asked George to be her baby’s godfather, and he agreed.” Nicole has been good friends with George since they starred together in “The Peacemaker” in 1997.
[Star Magazine, print edition, March 24, 2008]
All kidding aside, George strikes me as the kind of guy who’d make a perfect godfather. In fact he kind of makes more sense in that role – or as a cool uncle – than he does as an actual father. Again, probably due to the excessive womanizing and general playboy/bachelor lifestyle. Right after Nicole announced her pregnancy, George told People magazine that she’ll make a perfect mother. The phrasing seemed to ignore the fact that Nicole already is a mother to her two adopted children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, but point taken. Having George as a godfather seems like the perfect counterweight to having Nicole as a mother. One will be a little strict, the other will probably give you a few spoonfuls of champagne at your fifth birthday party. Either way, you’re a pretty lucky kid.
Update: George Clooney’s rep has said that this rumor is not true and that he will not be the godfather for Nicole’s upcoming baby. [In US Weekly, print edition, April 7, 2008]