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George Clooney: 'Who Does It Hurt if Someone Thinks I'm Gay?'

George Clooney talks to The Advocate's Brandon Voss about playing attorney David Boies in the upcoming one-night-only staged reading production of Dustin Lance Black's dramatization of the Prop 8 trial. Clooney says he chose to portray Boies because he though "that was the part he could best serve".

ClooneyVoss also asks him about rumors that he is gay:

"I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, “These are lies!” That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a sh*t."

Clooney also says more on marriage equality:

"It’s always been this albatross that stood out to me as the final leg of the civil rights movement. It really came to a head during the 2004 elections, when it was used as a wedge issue, and it was a very effective tool to keep the Republicans in office and to avoid talking about other issues. Well before Prop. 8, I’ve made the point that every time we’ve stood against equality, we’ve been on the wrong side of history. It’s the same kind of argument they made when they didn’t want blacks to serve in the military, or when they didn’t want blacks to marry whites. One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side. So it’s encouraging to know that this too will seem like such a silly argument to our next generation."

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  1. George Clooney is adorable and strong enough to handle this in an adult way. Pay attention Hollywood.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 29, 2012 11:46:37 AM


  2. I simply love this, Gentleman!

    Where are all the Gentleman??????

    Posted by: Brains | Feb 29, 2012 12:19:07 PM


  3. Where are all the other men like George Clooney? A true gentleman. He will always be on my "Heroes" list. My admiration for him couldn't get any higher.

    Posted by: Casper | Feb 29, 2012 12:33:23 PM


  4. You betch All, this guy's the real deal, an ally to us and to ratiional humanity.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 29, 2012 12:41:31 PM


  5. Though I'm still glad he was trounced by Jean Dujardin and I have no intention of ever seeing "The Descendants" I will give credit where credit is due. Clooney has always been on our side and his shrugging off the gay rumors the way he does is the mark of a real man who is very comfortable with his sexuality. Good on you, George.

    Posted by: AJ | Feb 29, 2012 12:41:38 PM


  6. I would prefer to think he's gay since his choice in women portray him as a fairly shallow individual. For someone who seems intelligent he invites some of the more airheaded women into his life.

    He and Leo DiCaprio pick women that are either bound for the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated or spend their springtimes on the runway modeling underwear.

    Sorry...was that bitter sounding?

    **searches for angel wings and padded bra**

    Posted by: Rin | Feb 29, 2012 12:56:31 PM


  7. I've always thought George was gay. If he is straight, how would coming out and saying so be an insult to his gay friends? Doesn't make sense, does it?

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 29, 2012 1:05:58 PM


  8. Umm, I'll just go ahead and sound shallow and vapid, but there is considerable evidence that he keeps a boyfriend in Lake Palermo, Italy.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 29, 2012 1:12:53 PM


  9. Clooney has turned into a very smart actor, which is a big deal given the millions of dingbats in Hollywood.
    These days, all his films have a liberal sub plot, which I think is artful, and clever marketting. Hitting people over the head with politics can ruin art, and it can screw with the box office.
    Finally, he was gorgeous in The Descendents. I wanted it to win best picture because of the silly characters and dramas that kept unfolding. Very entertaining.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Feb 29, 2012 1:21:13 PM


  10. He doesn't care what people think one way or the other about his orientation, which is as it should be for everyone, but he does stand up for the gay community so BRAVO George.
    It seems the gay community always like to believe that handsome actors and athletes are gay and want them to come out. Somehow we never seem to make the same claims or demands about the less attractive actors and athletes.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Feb 29, 2012 1:30:44 PM


  11. Great response and support from Clooney. He is a class act. And @swininbuff, you're absolutely right. Kathy Griffin said it best when she said, "don't tell me you don't know about Ms. Gene Hackman." No one ever says that.

    Posted by: David | Feb 29, 2012 1:49:34 PM


  12. This should be the standard answer that actors should give when this question arises. Sadly, most aren't intelligent enough to give it.

    An actor of George Clooney's stature sells fantasy. He should essentially be omnisexual, allowing anybody to project their fantasies upon him. That's what a good actor would want. It makes them more believable in roles.

    The 'reality' -- he's a shallow straight, he's got a kept boy in Italy -- is irrelevant. Stars sell mystery, pre-packaged. An actor in the 21st century needs to endear themselves to all genders.

    Glamour has always tended towards the bisexual -- from Marlene Dietrich to Marlon Brando.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 29, 2012 1:56:20 PM


  13. Is he purposefully contrasting himself with the litigious Tom Cruise?

    Posted by: anon | Feb 29, 2012 2:56:52 PM


  14. @Jack M: He didn't say that saying that he's straight would be an insult. He said that jumping up an down about gay rumors screaming "These are lies!" (pretty much what Tom Cruise did) would be an insult.
    I agree. And, while a straight man answering that he's straight is not an "insult" I still think it is classier when a straight actor tells the nosey press that whatever his orientation is, it shouldn't matter to what roles he gets and what rights he has.

    Posted by: Gregv | Feb 29, 2012 3:20:48 PM


  15. The line about "insult" sounded to me like those who go overboard in denying being gay do so in a way that it makes being gay sound like a bad thing. And THAT would be the insult. He doesn't see being gay as being bad, so he's not going to behave in a way that presents being gay as bad.

    He's a classy man all the way through. Hollywood could use a few more like him.

    Oh, and the villa is on Como de Lago, or Lake Como in English. And it's got breathtaking views.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 29, 2012 4:08:06 PM


  16. Swooooon! What a great answer George. I'd love to meet a younger you...that openly likes guys, of course. ANON is right too, what a great little dig at the Tom Cruise types.

    Posted by: RDUB | Feb 29, 2012 5:05:57 PM


  17. No amount of tinkering and technical adjustments to my gaydar says that George Clooney is gay. It's really a collective wishful thinking on our part to make him gay. Why? Because he is everything we look for in a gay uncle - intellectual maturity, sense of humor, and good looks that please the ladies and therefore make life possible all around, but not the kind of good looks that invade the porn movies in our head at night. But he's a good tipper. No, wait, It's my Uncle Gary I'm talking about.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Feb 29, 2012 8:11:07 PM


  18. If Clooney was gay someone would have outed him by now.

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 29, 2012 11:01:27 PM


  19. He's a beautiful man, inside and out. What a pity "The Front Runner" script wasn't ready 10 years ago, when he was pushing 40 and Ryan Gosling was 20-ish; that would've been casting for the ages.

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 1, 2012 12:40:22 AM


  20. Bobby, you meant Lago di Como, not Como de Lago! It was an improvement over Lake Palermo...


    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Mar 1, 2012 2:04:33 AM


  21. Maybe he's bisexual? hello, anybody?

    Posted by: nikko | Mar 1, 2012 2:10:05 AM


  22. Didn't Brad Pitt out him? (joke or no joke?) Let's go with bi, for now.

    Posted by: bottom line | Mar 1, 2012 3:16:26 AM


  23. He is one of the good guys, both in terms of his work and political views.

    He is also the last of the old school Hollywood stars, a gent.

    Posted by: arch | Mar 1, 2012 6:51:12 AM


  24. A class act, whether you think he's acting or not.
    This brings to mind Jake Gyllenhal's response when Oprah said it was "brave" of him and Heath to do Brokeback Mountain:

    Brave? he said. We're just actors playing a role. The brave people are the ones who live the part.

    (that's paraphrased from memory, so be careful quoting it.)

    Posted by: tom | Mar 1, 2012 9:53:35 AM


  25. George Clooney is a secure man, whereas Tom Cruise is just an insecure boy.

    Posted by: Ian | Mar 1, 2012 11:06:54 AM


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