George Clooney Speaks About ‘The Ides Of March’ and Insomnia

‘The Descendants’ star is an insomniac, but he could suffer from worse ailments. After all, he wrote one of the most memorable lines in movie “The Ides Of March” during a particularly restless bout of sleeplessness.

In an interview with the Hollywood reporter, twice Oscar nominee this year (for best actor in The ‘Descendants’ and for co-writing ‘The Ides of March’) has shared his secrets with pleasure. Photo: Nicogenin/Flickr

George Clooney is an insomniac, but he could suffer from worse diseases. “Turning off the television causes me to think, and once I start that vision roaring, I have a very tough time getting to sleep,” he revealed.

Then he added: “I’m able to numb out. Without question, I wake up every night five times.” However, during a particularly sleepless spells he wrote one of the most memorable scenes in 2011’s “The Ides Of March”.

“I woke and sat down and wrote the whole scene in the kitchen between Ryan [Gosling] and myself: ‘You want to be president… You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country, but you can’t f— the interns.’”

As the Huff Post says, Clooney the director/actor of the critically acclaimed “Ides” and an Oscar nominee for “The Descendants” in 2011, assures that any recognition he receives is out of his control.

“My job is to try to make films that last longer than an opening weekend,” he told reporters.

“And then if someone’s nice to you at the end of the year – and they’ve been nice and they’ve been mean – my job is to try to make films that I think are entertaining.”

He also acknowledges, “I drink at times too much. I do enjoy drinking, and there have been times in my life when it’s crossed the line from being fun to having to drink late at night for absolutely no reason.”

“So what I do is, I stop. I haven’t had a drink since New Year’s Eve,” he added.

A real-life Danny Ocean opened up about his friendship with Brad Pitt together with whom he worked on the Ocean’s Eleven franchise.

But he says that they are not as close as people believe.  “Brad is one of the great guys,” the star said.

He continued: “We’re good friends, but it’s different from what people think, meaning we don’t spend a lot of time together.”

“He has been to my home in Como; we motorcycle together. But until recently, I hadn’t seen Brad in a year,” he added.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar nominee added that he won’t rule marriage, saying: “A couple of years ago, [Brad Pitt] really nailed me.”

“He did one of those shows and they asked him when he was going to marry Angie [Angelina Jolie], and he said, ‘I’ll marry when George can legally marry [a man],’” he recollected.

“He really got me badly, something I have had to deal with the past few years. But I could give a shit. I have to live in the world that I care about and that’s all that matters.”

Once divorced, from actress Talia Balsam, Clooney hasn’t ruled out getting married again – but it’s not on his mind either: “I don’t even think about it, really.”

Mr Clooney went on talking and claimed that every person gets lonely at times. “The loneliest you will get is in the most public of arenas.”

“You will go to a place and end up in the smallest compartment possible, because it’s a distraction to everybody, and you end up not getting to enjoy it like everyone else.”

He added: “I have been infinitely more alone in a bad relationship; there’s nothing more isolating. I have been in places in my life where that has existed.”

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