Stardom is double-edged sword for private Clooney
December 13, 1996
Web posted at: 5:45 a.m. EST
From Correspondent Sherri Sylvester
(CNN) -- What is the price of fame? For George Clooney, it
seems to be getting higher.
The sexy star of "ER" is working 20 hours a day and trying to
protect the privacy of his four remaining hours.
"A couple of guys got arrested outside my house a few days
ago for climbing over the fence and trying to shoot down
through the bushes into my bedroom, which I think is crossing
the line," he says.
Such encounters are commonplace as paparazzi turned "stalker-
azzi" try to capture shots of the star. It happens to Clooney
on the set of "One Fine Day" with Michelle Pfeiffer, on the
set of "Batman and Robin" and after hours from the set of
Pictures go to the highest bidder.
"We did a bachelor action -- the three single guys on 'ER,'
Noah Wylie, Eriq LaSalle and I for Big Brothers, and the Star
magazine paid a woman $7,000 to bid to come out on a date to
write a front page article for Star about my date," Clooney
But when "Hard Copy" did an expose on his love life, Clooney
took action. The story violated an agreement he had with
Paramount, which produces the tabloid show as well as
"Entertainment Tonight." Clooney decided to boycott "ET"
until "Hard Copy" backed off. And he's watching. (416K/18 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
"I watch it every single night. I tape it and watch it every
night, as I said I would to make sure," he says.
Many celebrities have joined in his crusade against tabloid
"This isn't about stars, this is about people being
responsible for what they do and what they say," Clooney
It got so bad during the shooting of "One Fine Day" that
Clooney had to crawl through his trailer window and sneak to
and from the set.
It's enough to make this eligible bachelor yearn for the days
before fame. (352K/15 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
"You do absolutely miss that, the anonymity, but you can't
have it both ways," Clooney said. "I also enjoy the fact that
I'll talk to a studio head or a great director or a wonderful
actor and they'll say 'Let's do something together.' And
that's one of the great moments of your life."
Clooney says one of the absurdities of the business is if you
demand something, you'll get it.
"People say actors act like such babies, but the truth is
they're allowed; they can ask for anything and get away with
a lot. It's absurd," he says.
So until the business changes, Clooney will continue stepping
around the pitfalls of life in the public eye.
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