George Clooney Shares His Passion For Making Shoes In Reddit AMA
The actor took part in the social interview to promote his upcoming film Monuments Men and it was asked, "What is a hobby of yours that most people don't know about?"
Clooney replied, "I'm a cobbler, I like to make shoes." When it was asked if he was a better cobbler than Daniel Day-Lewis, who is a professional cobbler, Clooney said, "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."
Clooney also had the chance to once again bring up the fact he beat Leonardo DiCaprio in a pick-up basketball game. "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 six year olds tomorrow," he joked.
As for the best prank pulled on Clooney, who is an infamous prankster himself? "It was Brad [Pitt]," Clooney said, "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 s--t. 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."
Clooney then revealed how awkward it was to shoot Batman & Robin when he was asked, "Who'd win in a fight? Danny Ocean or your Batman?" The actor replied, "I don’t think my Batman could have even walked across the stage. If Batman actually had to wear the suit that I wore, which was like 40 pounds of rubber, he literally physically wouldn’t be able to lift his arms. They put you on a flat board, lie you on the ground and bolt you into this thing, and then they just pull the board out and leave you standing. Joel Schumacher goes action, I say ‘I’m Batman’ and then, cut, they drop me back down on the board and leave me on my back. Everett McGill could kick Batman’s ass."