George Clooney: Secret Cobbler

George Clooney's deepest, darkest secret? He likes to make shoes. 

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George Clooney's deepest, darkest secret?  He likes to make shoes.

"Let me just tell you this. When Daniel Day-Lewis was spending all his time playing Lincoln, I was just fixing shoes," Clooney said during a Reddit Ask Me Anything. "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," he added. 

There's something magical about imagining Clooney cobbling. Like just imagine the man sitting down after a long fight with Stacy Keibler, drunk on Dancing with the Stars fame, and finding solace in a dusty stack of shoe parts. Okay, fine, maybe it's not that dramatic, but it's still pretty awesome to know that sometimes stars aren't like us.

Clooney's admission to cobbling was maybe the standout of his AMA which included some gentle Matt Damon ribbing ("I guess I do enjoy working with him, though you wouldn't know it...") and playing a gay dog on Southpark: "To finally play Sparky the dog was something that I think pretty much completed my career."  And he also dished on his friendship with Gravity co-star Sandra ("Sandy") Bullock.

It’s tricky cause Sandy drinks so much that oftentimes it’s just hard to keep her upright. No, you know, Sandy and I have known each other for over 20 years and we both were struggling actors when we first met. She was dating a friend of mine at the time who’s still a good friend of ours. Every time we’re together it’s funny. She’s somebody I adore, really, she’s just fun to be in a room with. I’m sure people will assume people aren’t quite who they appear to be on screen--they’re shorter or taller or meaner or dumber--but Sandy is exactly what she appears on screen, an incredibly charming woman who’s really just fun to hang out with. Very smart and centered, even though she does drink a lot.

Name-dropping, compliments, quirky artisanal habits — Clooney's kinda doing it better than all of us.

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