George Clooney hasn’t found the love of his life & he doesn’t talk during sex

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Is it wrong to love this W Magazine cover shoot with George Clooney? I don’t expect this kind of “high concept” and “weird” pictorial from Clooney. If someone had suggested this for Brad Pitt, yeah, I could see that. But George? I never would have thought. Somehow, he makes polka dots look chic and charming. The idea behind the shoot is four different (female) artists take on Clooney in different ways – the polka dots are from Yayoi Kusama. George covers the December/January issue of W because of The Monuments Men, which got pushed back until February. So, George is early to the party but not unwelcome. You can see W’s slideshow & full interview here, and here are some highlights:

How George chose to do The Monuments Men: Grant Heslov (George’s producing and writing partner) read the book and “Grant and I had been talking about doing a movie that was a little less cynical than what we normally do,” he said, citing films such as Argo (for which Heslov, Clooney, and Ben Affleck won the Academy Award for Best Picture this past February) and Michael Clayton. “We tend to like cynical films because we find them more interesting. But we wanted to do a movie where the good guys win and you’re fighting the ultimate bad guy—Hitler. This was a story that nobody had heard about.”

Cultural iconography: “I grew up Catholic, and there were always religious icons that I’d see in church. The cross and the altar were big parts of my life. But when I was 10 years old, my father took me to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. I remember walking up those stairs and looking at this carved piece of marble that had nothing to do with a carved piece of marble. That statue said something to me about us as a society. In The Monuments Men, we question whether saving art is worth a life, and I would argue that the culture of a people represents life. When the Taliban destroy incredible pieces of architecture and art, or when American troops don’t protect museums in Iraq, you are seeing people losing their culture. And with the end of a country’s culture goes its identity. It’s a terrible loss, down to your bones.”

Hitler loved art: “Yes—he wanted to build a Führer Museum. He had a model of it in the bunker with him! He wanted to steal all the great art in the world, and he was well on his way—during the war, he collected 5 million pieces. He also destroyed works he termed “degenerate art.” The Nazis took amazing Picassos and Klees and Mirós and burned them in the garden outside the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris. They wanted to prove that they were illegitimate and had to be destroyed. Hitler pulled off the greatest art heist in the history of the world—luckily, some of that art has been recovered.”

What if Hitler was a better painter? “Yes, he was a failed artist in Vienna. In the film, we show a couple of his ­watercolors. If he had only been a little bit better at painting, history might be different.”

Movie endings: “Watch the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, the Frank Capra film. You can’t end a movie that way anymore—today, Lionel Barrymore, the bad guy, would be hauled away in handcuffs. But Capra doesn’t do that. Barrymore just goes on home, and that’s it, the end. We forget about him and forgive him because Capra’s idea of a perfect ending was “living well is the best revenge.” I tend to like endings that would never happen in today’s movies. In 2013, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid wouldn’t end the way it does. I’ve shown that movie to young kids who just love the film, and then you come to the last scene—a freeze-frame of Butch and Sundance getting shot—and their mouths drop: “No, no, no, no.” Films from the ’60s and ’70s end in shocking ways. And that’s why we love them—those movies broke all the rules.”

Working in Gravity: “Truthfully, I was constantly in motion. The trickiest part was learning to speak quickly and move 50 percent slower because you are in space. It was not fun in the machinery—I have a bad back and a bad neck, so that part was not fun. But you have to step back and look at my life. I’m lucky enough to get to work on these projects.”

His cinematic crush: “When I was a kid, I was in love with Audrey Hepburn. I watched Roman Holiday when I was 11, and I thought she was as elegant as anything I’d ever seen. And I fell madly in love with her. I also always loved Grace Kelly. I mean, when she comes out of the water in To Catch a Thief, I thought, That’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”

[From W Magazine]

Tracey Emin also does some “art” with Clooney where she gets him to answer 15 of her questions. One of the questions is “Who is or was the greatest love of your life?” And Clooney says, “I haven’t met her yet.” That’s getting a lot of coverage, but my favorite cheeky answer is “Do you talk when you make love?” Clooney replies: “Only on the phone.” So… Clooney isn’t a talker? I can see that. Now, Benedict Cumberbatch is a talker. So is Tom Hiddleston. I bet they don’t shut up at all in bed.

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Photos courtesy of W Magazine.

 

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  1. bns says:

    Of course he was in love with Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Of course.

  2. Rhea says:

    Audrey Hepburn? Grace Kelly? Idk, George. I don’t see them from any of your ex-girlfriends. :)
    I love the polka dots pictures, but not the one where he’s holding the roses.

  3. Amelia says:

    I’m actually quite fond of the polka dot shots.
    It probably wasn’t Kusama’s intention, but now I really feel like finding a pair of curtains like that for my bedroom.

  4. MrsBPitt says:

    I think George Clooney is so charming…I’m not even a big fan of his acting or his movies…but I love his interviews…he just oozes charm and wit!

  5. epiphany says:

    Ah, George, you really know how to talk and talk without really saying a thing. Hope you don’t do that in bed. And, yes you are lucky to get the work that you do, because your acting talent is, shall we say…limited.

  6. blue marie says:

    So he dates women that are nothing like Hepburn or Kelly so he won’t fall in love then? I really like the cover and photos, although the table one kinda looks like he’s sitting in a Coke. (or that’s what it reminds me of) Not a huge fan of Clooney but I always like his interviews.

    Hitler, to me is the ultimate Sliding Doors. One acceptance and life would have been so different.

  7. Maria says:

    Hmmmm, he’s right about films back then compared to now, no comment on the not finding his true love.

    Interesting tidbit about the phone….

  8. Dorothy#1 says:

    Obviously, he hasn’t met me yet. ;)

  9. Frida_K says:

    1. “Georgie Porgie pudding and pie

    Kissed the girls and made them cry [...]”

    2. Phone naughties with George sound intriguing if for no more than once just to experience it. Hm. Perhaps I need to let the coffee kick in before I post on the ‘bitchy.

    3. Well, he does photograph well.

    That’s all I got on this one.

  10. Kiddo says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but the black and white polka dots with pink lettering on the cover feels like a gay subliminal message. If true, that would make it more interesting. The one with the car is like the magical mystery tour of the 60′s, and the rose bouquet is god-awful and unflattering. I like the over-all concept, but think it would have worked better with someone like Depp or Christopher Walken, who do the wacky character role with abandonment. Clooney plays a variation of Clooney in every film he does. This just isn’t working for me at all with him. He’s just not that interesting. It might have helped if they styled the mannequin hair differently or something.

    • LadySlippers says:

      It’s very Japanese and they seem to love the homoerotic overtones in contemporary art. That was how I saw it though….

      • lower-case deb says:

        and it’s very Kusama as well, this whole ‘meditation of sexuality’ that sometimes poke through her works.

        i find her explorations in 70s (?) NY very interesting, coupled with what you said the Japanese vibe towards sexuality and homosexuality.

        the woman has a very interesting life and viewpoints that’s for sure, very colorful and intriguing.

        and imho, interestingly of her, though, her works speak for themselves very often, that i don’t think she makes much of a spoken statement herself, she’s not prone to the navel-gazing thing a lot of other contemporary artists seem to go in and on about). despite her pieces, she herself is a very pragmatic woman, i find.

        i got the Alice in Wonderland which she illustrated. beautiful and surreal and a bit jarring, but her illustration gave it a sense of full-circle i didn’t find in other versions by other illustrators. it’s like the whole book was written so she could illustrate it.

      • LadySlippers says:

        @lower case deb: You clearly are much more familiar with her work than I am. WOW! :-D Is she really good? Something to check out for myself?

        I just recognize contemporary Japanese art after living there for three years. They like the meditation (a la Zen Buddhism) overtones with modern elements like this. Throw in a dash of subtle eroticism and voila! You’ve got a lot of what they seem to gravitate to. And you see this combo, literally, everywhere in Japan.

        ETA: I just realised her all polka-dot picture is very reminiscent of Elizabethan fashion. Hmmm. Wonder if that was deliberate.

      • lower-case deb says:

        @LadySlippers
        i personally think that she’s very good and there’s a personal conviction behind her works, which i have come to appreciate more and more. :)

        it was said that the dots came about because she had an eye condition that makes her see spots, and she places it on her canvas.

        here’s a short documentary about her life, her struggles to become a contemporary artist in Japan and then the world, especially as a woman.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRZR3nsiIeA

        i find it frank and interesting about her way to go about doing art and her craft.

        and here’s a sneak preview on her Alice in Wonderland
        http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/18/yayoi-kusama-alice-in-wonderland/

  11. klue says:

    The polka dot pics gave me a headache.
    He always says the same tripe..in interview after interview

  12. Maureen says:

    He annoys me SO MUCH a lot of the times, but then once in a while I’m overcome with a kind of love for him. This is one of those times. I love him talking about art and culture and things that are meaningful.

  13. Andrea says:

    I’m not usually big on Clooney but I enjoyed him more than usual in Gravity and I like this interview.

  14. Sarah says:

    its like a very wealthy man saying “i love five star gourmet food” and then he only eats the left overs at McDonalds.

  15. paola says:

    Audrey Hepburn.. Grace Kelly.. Elisabetta Canalis.. Stacy Keibler… Ahh those classy ladies…

  16. Lark says:

    I actually like this shot too. I agree with Lainey that after his French waitress/student girlfriend, NONE of his women were in the Audrey/Grace mode so these comments come across a little odd. I give him credit though for dating grown ass women, because there is something creepy to me about Leo dating 20-21 year olds (yes, I know they are technically adults but they are young adults and many 21 year olds are “kids” in a sense…it’s like a college senior dating a 39 year old man (Leo)). Monuments Men sounds interesting….I think George is thirsty to win a Best Actor Oscar based off of his projects in development, so I can’t wait to see his “game” when he really goes full out…because the charm offensive in this interview is already pretty entertaining.

    • Ice Maiden says:

      Most if not all of the women Clooney ‘dates’ are much younger than him. He is in his 50s and the women are in their 30s or younger. If the genders were reversed, he’d be called a ‘cougar’ and we’d never hear the end of it. So I really don’t think he deserves any credit for this. We need to set the bar a bit higher than Leo Di Caprio.

  17. Jayna says:

    He’s right about ’70s movies. I’ve been watching a lot of ’70s movies over the last two years and that was a really rich time in the history of movie-making and not cookie-cutter movies and taking risks like he said with endings and such.

    George is such an interesting man that it always amazes me the women he dates. I guess he gets his fill of stimulating conversation from other people and his women are just to be companions to fit into his life. George will never marry until he meets a woman that challenges him and is interesting enough and he falls for her hard. He’s not going to marry the cocktail waitresses and Elisabettas and Stacy Kieblers of the world. They bore him after the inital attraction wears off.

    This is a man that directs and produces very interesting movies, is very interesting intellectually in his global interests and is a great humanitarian educating himself on issues and being hands on. What the F is he doing with these girls that bring nothing to the table intellectually? And if he loved Audrey and Grace, why is he with women that have no elegance and class, which Grace and Audrey oozed. I don’t get it.

    • Dhavynia says:

      Thank you for your comment, it’s exactly my opinion of him as well.
      His taste in women does not match his persona IMO and it’s the only fault I find in him because I find him entertaining, smart and places his passion on relevant things that matter and I never understand the hate and backslash he gets. I know that there are better actors than him and I thinks he knows that too but there are way too many worse than him that don’t get crucified the way he does

    • darcyk says:

      His buddy Brad has been talking about 70s movies and atheism for years in interviews, so I guess it is safe for George to follow suit now. No more trashing of Leo D & Russell C??? I guess his PR told him to stop because they are sick of issuing retractions. Yes, the Audrey/Grace thing is puzzling coming from a guy with his dating history and perhaps a bit revelatory. At least he seems to be honest with the girls-BUT poor Talia…married to him almost 5 years and he says she is not the love of his life…rude- I guess trolling for dates was more important than being classy.

      • Jayna says:

        Poor Talia? LOL They divorced 20 years ago after a four year marriage. Why would she be the love of his life or be hurt that she isn’t? It’s called divorce for a reason. And he’s fallen in love many times since.

        Talia moved on and has been married to the amazing and handsome and talented John Slattery of Mad Men for 15 years, and they have a child. And I’m pretty sure she considers him the love of her life and the only man she wants or needs calling her the love of his life.

      • lunchcoma says:

        I agree, Jayna. I was married for a few years. I think I’d be some combination of startled, confused, pitying, and creeped out if my former husband described me as the love of his life – and our split was far more recent. I’m quite sure Talia has moved on after 20 years (though it’s a bit amusing that she’s married two of the handsomest silver foxes in the business).

      • Maureen says:

        It has always sounded to me like Talia was a handful. No doubt George was, too (and he was very young!). I never understood why he gets all the blame for their marriage breakdown. He DOES take most of the blame, but I believe he does that out of respect for her and to protect her from gossip. But he hinted several years ago that she just about wrecked him there at the end, especially when the divorce was under-way.

  18. lisa2 says:

    Wow I guess there was going to be a big push for Monument Men. Shame it got pushed back. All those covers for naught.

    Those magazines were kissing up too soon. Those covers should have gone to others.

  19. Stephanie says:

    The best part of this story was the mental imagery I got of Tom Hiddleston talking to me in bed. 😏

  20. Suze says:

    I find him entertaining and suave and interesting – but not remotely sexy.

  21. Han says:

    I can’t help but love him, i was watching the hollywood reporters screenwriters roundtable and he just seems like a good hang, he was not precious and he had a good sense of humour and told great stories. And you can tell he really loves movie making and has had a vision for his career. Obviously his taste in women is questionable and how he conducts his love life seems at odds with the rest of his personality and intellect. But i think he would be a cool friend.

  22. Mew says:

    The problem is one generally doesn’t “find” love, but creates it and grows into it. He’s hopping from one girl to another, so how he even could find love? I don’t think he even understands what love is. However, by now, every girl knows what he’s like and so, only certain girls are willing…..

  23. Now I’ve got an image of shagging George in eery silence with nothing but nose whistles – urrrggghhh!

  24. Jaded says:

    Even though he’s arguably very handsome, intelligent, funny and urbane, I think he’s just not terribly interested in a “whole” woman, by which I mean a woman who is beautiful inside and out, smart, engaged with the world in a meaningful way in her career or philanthropy or passions. He always goes for a blank canvass in a partner then tries to polish her up, but it’s sort of like polishing a turd. He clearly wants nothing more from a woman than a sort of sexual accoutrement.

    • Maureen says:

      I think he does like them and respects them but is afraid to get close to them. I think he genuinely adores women like Sandra Bullock, but he would never date someone so wholesome and well-rounded. When all those rumors were swirling about him and Zellweger he was surprisingly very, very protective of her being gossiped about with him. He seemed to REALLY want people to know she wasn’t with him — almost like he didn’t think he was worthy. I do wonder if he has self-esteem issues. Like the failure of his marriage made him a little self-loathing.

      • Jaded says:

        Good comments, totally believable. Even though someone is rich, famous and physically attractive, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have high self-esteem, esp. with the opposite sex. As intelligent, good-looking and interesting as he is, I think he has some deep pools of self-doubt.

  25. Ginger says:

    Oooo Hiddles as a talker! It’s too early to think of such things Kaiser! :) GOOD morning!

  26. AG says:

    Of course he doesn’t talk. He’s probably gagged, the naughty minx. ;)

  27. Dommy Dearest says:

    This just further cements ‘nope’ for Clooney. Gotta have dirty talk.

  28. Debbie says:

    I like the seated polka-dot picture better than the cover photo. When I’m having trouble reading the title, I’m thinking someone’s styling vision got the better of his common sense. Also, that is a crazy, distracting amount of makeup.

    As for Clooney: Hoyeah. Makeup, polka dots, and all.

  29. lunchcoma says:

    The polka dots really are adorable. George is, as always, a bit of a bore. Granted, he’s a charming, handsome, suave bore, but he’s a bore all the same. I’m guessing that’s pretty much what he’s like in bed as well. (I’m fully aware of the kink rumors, but it’s entirely possible for someone to be very kinky and very dull and inflexible and do-it-my-way.)

  30. bailey says:

    I really don’t like these pics and I like George a lot. To me he is very photogenic, handsome and charming. I want to see this film, George and Matt Damon together should be good. Nice to hear that he keeps his mouth shut while being intimate, some guys know that the focus should be on doing not talking. I like that he is dating women in their thirties and not 20 year olds. It’s refreshing to see someone who is not married and divorced over and over again, at least he knows that marriage and kids are not for him and seems to be honest about it. I enjoyed all of his movies so far, he is not afraid to make films like Burn after reading and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    • Jaded says:

      Agree – did you see The Descendants? One of the most moving movies I’ve ever seen, having been through the “pulling of the plug” on a loved one.

      • bailey says:

        Yes, Jaded, I’ve seen it and loved it. I don’t think that Clooney is the greatest actor, but I do appreciate the variety of characters he chooses. Obviously I don’t know who celebrities truly are behind the PR machine, because I really don’t know them, but I get a feeling that Clooney is a fun kind of guy, good natured with some mischief mixed in for good measure. I also liked him in Gravity. They did a good job with Sandy. By the way, I’m very sorry for your loss.

    • lafrenchy says:

      What a sad sad day for women when we are left to rejoice that a man in his 50s dates women in their 30′s….how sad

      • bailey says:

        In my opinion as a single guy he can technically date whoever he likes as long as they are past the age of 18 and also single. I don’t know why people are always after Clooney in regards to his dating habits. Big deal he is single and not lying and cheating 24/7.

  31. IceQueen says:

    If Benedict talked to me in bed, I’d orgasm in the first 5 minutes just because of his voice lol