Actor George Clooney puts on a crown and 'Sexiest Man Alive' sash
presented to him on the NBC 'Today' television show during an interview, in New
York, Dec. 1, 2006. He tells Newsweek in its Dec. 18, 2006, issue that he can't
get any woman he wants despite being a two-time winner of People magazine's
'sexiest man alive.' (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK - Let's get real: George Clooney is a two-time winner of People
magazine's "sexiest man alive." He can woo practically any woman he wants -
right? "Um, ah, no, because I also wake up and my knees hurt and I think, `I'm
45,'" he tells Newsweek in its Dec. 18 issue. The actor-director, who was
married in the early '90s to actress Talia Balsam, is one of Hollywood's most
He won People's "sexiest man alive" title in 1997 and again this year, and is
now tied with his good friend Brad Pitt.
Media speculation about a wedding at Clooney's villa in Lake Como, Italy, for
Pitt and Angelina Jolie, which was rife last year, resurfaced earlier this year.
There was also speculation that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes would wed at Lake
Como. The Hollywood couple were married last month at a 15th-century castle in
Bracciano, Italy, outside Rome.
"This year it was Tom and Katie getting married at my house," Clooney tells
Newsweek. "He sent me a bottle of wine to thank me. With Brad and Angie, I say
they're not getting married and the press goes, `Arrgh!' The more you deny, the
guiltier you sound."
Though he won an Oscar for his role in 2005's "Syriana," Clooney says he
feels more at home in the director's chair.
"Directing is the key to filmmaking. Everything else is just paint," says
Clooney, nominated for an Oscar for directing "Good Night, and Good Luck."
Does he have a bullhorn?
"No, I'm very modern," he says. "I have someone that I yell at and they yell
it out loud."
Clooney's latest film, "The Good German," directed by Steven Soderbergh, will
be released by Warner Bros. on Dec. 22.