Well, I guess that answers my question about whether Sarah Larson got the invite to the Nobel Laureate event where George and Don Cheadle are set to be honored tomorrow night. After a quick stop in Milan, the couple was in Rome last night having a romantic dinner. Clooney is in town to be lauded for his work with Darfur, and the actor announced that he has plans to return to the area in January. He spoke to USA Today about it:
Q: What's the plan?
A: I'm not a politician, so the reason I go is to (focus) attention there. So we're going to try to get deeper into Darfur; try to get some cameras in to the tougher camps and have conversations. That's basically all I can do. If you put famous people in front of very ugly sites, people will watch.
Q: Have you been following your pal Brad Pitt's crusade in New Orleans?
A: It's a life choice for him and a big part of his life. Matt (Damon) does that, too. Don (Cheadle). A lot of the guys who are good friends of mine spend a good portion of their life doing this. In some ways, it's easier for us because we have some financial security, so we can say, "OK, let's stop worrying about ourselves and look out for other people." What should you do with all this kind of attention? Should you get out of a car without wearing underwear … ?
For more on that (and see what George has to say about himself sans skivvies) plus photos of him and Sarah in Rome just
Q: No, George. Please. Never.
A: You've never seen me. I look fantastic.
Q: How will you be spending the holidays?
A: I don't do a big Christmas thing. I think Christmas at some point is for having a bunch of kids, so I just get through the holidays. I have a lot of work to do.
Even if they don't have a big Christmas planned, the couple is certainly getting in the holiday season romance time in Italy (perhaps Como is next? Lucky girl). Obviously she would want to come on this "business trip," but I wonder if she'll choose to sit Darfur out or share in her man's passion for the area?
P.S. I think there are quite a few women out there who would welcome those Clooney-no-underwear shots.