The 10 Best Anecdotes From George Clooney's Reddit Q&A

PHOTO: Actor George Clooney attends the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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George Clooney and Bill Murray are co-stars in the new film "The Monuments Men," and now, both have turned to Reddit to answer fans' questions. Clooney, who described himself as "a filmmaker who's worked on films you may know," as well as "a guest star on 'The Golden Girls,'" was candid in his response to several fans' questions -- and here are a few favorite moments.

What is a hobby of yours that most people don't know about?

"I'm a cobbler, I like to make shoes. ... Let me just tell you this. When Daniel Day-Lewis was spending all his time playing Lincoln, I was just fixing shoes. He's spending all the time focused on the hat and the pipe and getting into character, and I remained focused - with the overalls and the hammer."

Have you hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio? I heard a story about how you kicked his ass at basketball.

"It's true. That was a fun day. It's always fun when you play people younger than you and win. We're playing a bunch of 6-year olds tomorrow. ... I'm sneaky fast. I'm faster than you think I am. And I have a good bank shot that people hate."

Mr. Clooney - What is the best prank that a co-star/crew has played on you on set?

"It was Brad. We were shooting 'Oceans 12' in my hometown in Lake Como, and he had a flier 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.'"

Who are some of the actors you have enjoyed working with the most?

"Let me think about this in the best possible way that doesn't get me murdered by all other actors I've worked with. I don't know. ... I've done six films with Damon now, so I guess I do enjoy working with him, though you wouldn't know it. I've been really lucky to work with people who enjoy what they do. I've worked with a couple of turkeys, but I've mostly been really lucky."

Do you ever regret playing Batman?

"Ha ha 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 four or five 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."

Hey George, Welcome to Reddit! I loved the movie Gravity. You and Sandra have great chemistry together. Were there any funny moments that happened during shooting?

"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."

I'm feeling hungry Mr. Clooney. What, in your eyes, is the perfect sandwich?

"Oh, the perfect sandwich. Well, good question. The perfect sandwich would be ... I want to come up with two gorgeous actresses, but I won't do that. Name your two. I don't know you know I'd have to think about it. I do like ham and avocado and a little tomato and a little mustard. Just a simple deli sandwich is great. You know, put some coleslaw in there."

What's the one movie role you're most embarrassed/ashamed about, that you don't mind sharing? Surely the coolest man on earth has something to share?

"Well, I wasn't thrilled with the nipples on the batsuit. You know, that's not something you really think about when you're putting it on. You figure all batsuits have nipples, and then you realize yours was really the first. Batman was just constantly cold, I guess. But I have plenty of other things that I'm really obviously embarrassed about too. Oftentimes it'll be stumbling out of a bar drunk, or something dumb like that, but as you get older a major goal in life is try to do less and less embarrassing things. You know, try not to face plant publicly as often as possible."

Mr Clooney, thank you for doing this AMA. My question is: Do you keep any props from your movies and if yes, which is your favorite?

"Yeah, every once in a while I get some fun ones. I remember I got this insane looking prop from this movie Solaris. It was the size of a lunchbox, and it had all these intricate lights and tubes, and I snuck it into Richard Kind's carry-on bag. They ran it through the machine and pulled it off and asked, 'What is this? Did you pack your own bag?'He had no idea what to say. Of course, this was pre-911. If you did that now it would be a very horrible thing, but it was very funny at the time. Anyway, don't do that at home.

Why do you have such lonely eyes?

"I actually have only one lonely eye. The other eye's got nothin' but friends."

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