George Clooney visits ‘Letterman,’ ‘Regis’ for ‘Ides of March’ (video, photos) — Appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night and Live! With Regis and Kelly Thursday morning, actor George Clooney talked with the show hosts about his new film, The Ides of March. The movie premiered at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on October 5th. What else was on the actor’s mind when he chatted with Dave and Reege?
David Letterman chided the actor for not appearing on his show for three-and-a-half years. “I haven’t done anything,” Mr. Clooney said, implying that he has not appeared on other talk shows as well. Mr. Letterman asked him about the films he had not visited the show to promote such as Up in the Air and The American. Then, he turned to ask about the infamous gatherings he has at his home in Laglio, Italy. Mr. Clooney owns a villa on Lake Como.
“We have fun groups of people that show up,” the actor said. Mr. Letterman said he’d heard that Bill Murray visited and stayed for two weeks.
Bill Murray “has been there a couple of times,” Mr. Clooney confirmed and added, “Walter Cronkite stayed there. “Walter, he said, “got a little toasty and ended up in the lake. The most trusted man in America.”
He told the story of how the rest of the party pulled a joke on the longtime CBS News anchor. Asked whether they dress for dinner, Walter Cronkite was told that they do, but they really didn’t. When he arrived dressed up to see everyone in robes around the table, he left to change into casual clothes. When he came back, the rest of the party had changed clothes to dress up. Mr. Cronkite walked right passed them and jumped into the lake in his shorts.
Since then, Mr. Clooney said he uses that story to encourage other news people to jump in the lake when they visit. He was able to get CNN political consultant, David Gergen, to do so just this year.
On Live! With Regis and Kelly, Mr. Clooney told Regis Philbin, who will leave the show in November, not to retire or “move on,” as Mr. Philbin calls it. He chided Mr. Philbin that he shouldn’t say “move on,” because he has older relatives say that when they mean that someone in the family has died.
The Ides of March is an adaptation of a play about a presidential candidate and his campaign. Kelly Ripa asked the actor if he would ever run for office himself. Mr. Clooney is an activist for certain causes, so he get asked this question frequently. On Thursday, he said he has too much fun with the jobs he has now, and that people in politics don’t seem to have much fun.
The Ides of March stars Mr. Clooney, who also is a co-producer and co-writer of the screenplay. The film is adapted from the play, Farragut North by Beau Willimon. The star-studded cast includes in addition to Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
The film opens on Friday.
The Late Show with David Lettermanairs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. Check your local listings for the morning show, Live! With Regis and Kelly.
PHOTOS: See pictures of George Clooney out and about New York City on Wednesday here or in the left-hand column of this page.
VIDEO: Watch a video clip of George Clooney on Letterman here or at the left side of this page.