George Clooney took a night off from promoting Leatherheads yesterday to join pals Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford for dinner in NYC wearing his best Brad Pitt hat. After spending Monday night on the red carpet with Sarah Larson, George was flying solo last night. George is right in the thick of press for the film, and he recently spoke to Parade about what it was like to be both the director and star of a movie — especially when there is a kissing scene to do. Here's more:

  • On directing himself: “You give yourself less takes because it would look awful if you were to do more for yourself than the other actors. That doesn’t fly very well. But I’ve gone through the movie a thousand times before we start shooting, so I know pretty much what I need in the scene. But most of the time it’s just embarrassing to run from behind the camera and jump into a scene.”
  • On directing Renee Zellweger: “You know what the problem is? She has no talent. And she’s not cute. And it was very hard for me to work with her. No, she’s smart. She can do anything. She can deliver a punch line with the best of them. And she’s one of the sweetest, nicest people on earth. And she’s a dear friend.”
  • On how many takes it took to film his scene kissing Renee: “That’s the one thing I can’t remember.”

That George has quite the sense of humor. No wonder everyone in Hollywood is excited to hang out — or work with — him.

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