One thinks of him jammed into the trunk of a car with Jennifer Lopez, in “Out of Sight,” directed by Steven Soderbergh (who became a friend and a producing partner); or, some years later, in Stephen Gaghan’s “Syriana”—Clooney slowed down by thirty-five extra pounds. (He told me that Matt Damon, his co-star, did not immediately recognize him after a month spent stuffing himself with tiramisu and beer in Italy: “It wasn’t just that I was heavier and I had a beard, and shaved my hairline back. Matt said, ‘You just seemed so fucking sad.’ Because it’s not just about being heavier, which is a drag, but it’s also about not being active at all—that just really depresses the shit out of you.”)Yeah, Clooney has got it exactly right - it's the inactivity that really depresses the shit out of you. The weight is a drag - literally and figuratively. But don't being able to be active is what really sucks and weighs you down - in body and spirit.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Clooney - Why 35 Pounds Makes You Sad
My other favorite line from the George Clooney profile, which I highlighted the other day and finally finished late last week -