Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Male on Monday...George Clooney

This month Pink Heart Society ed Ally Blake brings you a guy we couldn't believe has not yet been highlighted. He's smart, he's funny, he's charming, he's cheeky, he's single, he's George Clooney...

I have not yet used this guy as hero inspiration and I wonder why. To my mind he has it all. Determined bacherlorhood, charm, wit, dark good looks, square jaw, salt and pepper hair (yum!). Perhaps I'll find the answer somewhere here...

His first significant break was a semi-regular supporting role in the sitcom Roseanne, playing Roseanne Barr's overbearing boss Booker Brooks. Do any of you remember Booker? My mum and I watched Roseanne religiouslu just to get an occasional eyeful of the guy. The season he spent wooing Roseanne's sister Jackie was fantabulous.

And then came a little show called ER. Dr Doug Ross. Paedeatrician and lady's man. Could there be a better combo? This role made him a star, and set in motion the kind of character he would forever play. Damaged, romantic, clever.

His first major Hollywood movie role was in From Dusk TiI Dawn. I loooved this movie even though most people were a tad freaked out by the sudden chan ge of genre mid fil. I adored it. And him ;) He followed with One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer and The Peacemaker with Nicole Kidman, the latter being the initial feature length release from Dreamworks SKG studio. Our George made a bit of a backwards step in turning up in a terribly camp version of Batman, a role he regerets. In 1998, he starred in Out of Sight, opposite Jennifer Lopez which began a lovely and lon-running collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh.

Which brings us to Ocean's Eleven. This character is how I imagine George to be in real life. Gorgeous, illusive, sharp, wily, a little bit lonely, a little bit of a romantic, and able to charm the pants of just about anyone hit please him to.

In his next phase we began to get to know George the politically aware and not afriad to say so. He made his directorial with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, an adaptation of the autobiography of TV producer Chuck Barris. George then starred in Syriana, and directed, produced, and starred in Good Night, and Good Luck, a film about 1950s television journalist Edward R. Murrow's famous war of words with Senator McCarthy. He was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Syriana. He became the first person in Oscar history to be nominated for directing one movie and acting in another in the same year. He won his first Oscar for Syriana.

More fun facts about George:

  • George Clooney spent most of his "struggling actor" years riding to auditions on a bicycle.
  • He owns a villa in Lake Como (jealous moi???)
  • He had a 300 pound Vietnamese black bristled, potbellied pig, named Max
  • He has only been married once, to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993. He says he will never get married again, nor have any children, but Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman both bet $10,000 each that he would be a father before he turned 40. They were both wrong, and each sent him a check. He returned the money, betting double or nothing that he won't have kids by age 50.

Ally’s next Harlequin Romance, BILLIONAIRE ON HER DOORSTEP, is out now in the UK and hits North American bookshelves any day now!!! It was also a Top Ten Mothers Day read on eHarlequin.

So head on out to your nearest bookstore and pick up a freshly minted, super-scented, fairy dust sprinkled hot off the presses copy today!

Check out an excerpt here...


  1. Love George.

    And you forgot a show he was on...good heavens, I can't even remember the name of it now, but it had a bunch of giggly school girls in it and George had unfortunate hair.

    I thought Good Night and Good Luck was sheer brilliance.

    And my favorite thing is to see him interviewed. Articulate, intelligent, funny, modest. Did I mention intelligent? My favorite thing was when Oprah asked him about why people kept saying he was so smart. His answer was that he didn't think he was overly smart, he just asked a lot of questions.

    How can you not love a mind like that?

  2. Shame that he regrets playing Batman since I think he had the chops to be the coolest of them all. (I mean Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton. Really!)

    And Donna, I too was surprised that Ally didn't include THE FACTS OF LIFE, where many of us first "met" George.

    There's just something about this one, something you can't quite describe but if you could bottle it, you'd make millions.

  3. THAT'S IT! Thanks Patricia!

    And yeah, George in a Bottle. That'd be a darned good bestseller!


  4. They all had unfortunate hair on THE FACTS OF LIFE. Though, to be fair, most people did in the 80's. Mine was too long. Dad wouln't let me cut it. I swear, I either needed a bonnet or a crown of daisies to complete the look.

  5. But he doesn't WANT children. I reckon that would be a pretty hard sell in a romance hero. Now the villa in Lake Como is a different matter entirely ...........

  6. Oh, add me to the GC fan club...I loved Booker on ROSEANNE! The episode where they went bowling and he and Jackie had that bet...one of my favorites!

    And I remember him from FACTS OF LIFE too...but way too much hair back then, LOL!

    Ah, George is one of those men who just gets better and better with age...sigh

  7. There have been Blaze romance heroes who didn't want children...neither did their heroines...

  8. oh, what a waste of good genes. That man really ought to have kids. Lots of 'em.

  9. Yes and he could be very PRESENTS, I think. And I just wrote a hero who didn't want kids.

    Then again, I haven't seen the revisions on that one yet.



  10. Best Clooney movie ever - Oh Brother, Where Art Thou. I must watch it again. He has this hideous smile in it. You really have to see it to appreciate it.

    No, no. Lots of his movies are great. I just enjoyed OBWAT because it was so different.