" He knew Sammy and Dean, a little; he knew them as a kid, growing up Rosie's nephew, but even those photos came to him as gifts—"I think I was given all of them during the money. Now, a lot of people, friends included, call George Clooney a throwback.

He's always been good at making people love him; he's not about to give up his edge now. I have interviewed famous people in hotel rooms and offices, in bars and in restaurants, even, once, on top of a bridge in Sydney, Australia.

It's not that he's needy, like an actor; it's that he's competitive, like an athlete. I have done a few of these things—celebrity profiles—before.

He ekes out a coffee, makes himself a tea, and takes a seat on the couch in his living room, with a large-screen TV broadcasting NFL highlights from the mantel of a stone fireplace, and the high peaked ceiling crossed by rough-hewn timbers apparently salvaged from the Fortress of Solitude after Superman decided to modernize.

His dog, Einstein, squeezes in next to him; when his i Phone rings, Clooney, without answering, immediately turns it off. He is wearing a black hoodie zipped to the neck, blue jeans, and boots laced so assertively they squeak when he flexes his ankles.

He saw a black cocker-spaniel mix on the Web site of a rescue organization and called the number. "I had some turkey bacon in the refrigerator," he says. Leonardo Di Caprio met me in a vast hotel conference room, empty but for an end table and two chairs. And then there is the 1959 red Corvette convertible, glinting as comically as a hero's tooth in an old Saturday-afternoon serial.

The woman who answered said she'd be happy to bring the dog to his house, but then she explained that the dog had been abandoned and picked up malnourished off the street. For an idea of Clooney's pedigree, you need an idea of the Corvette's: It is original to his family.

So if we played, you didn't kick anybody's ass.' And so then we're watching them warm up, and they're doing this weave around the court, and one of the guys I play with says, 'You know we're going to kill these guys, right? That's how it works.' And I said, 'Got it.' And you know, I knew it, but it does help to hear it from your old man."Indeed, George Clooney credits Nick Clooney for what is the most striking feature of his ongoing practice of fame: his understanding that appearances matter, and that if you look like an asshole, you probably are.

' Because they can't play We're all like fifty years old, and we beat them three straight: 11–0, 11–0, 11–0. For example, he has declined to enlist in environmental causes not because he doesn't believe in them but because he's aware how it would It is often noted that it took him a long time to become a star. Or he got bad parts on TV shows that were good or good parts on TV shows that were bad.

Beyond the garage stands the wooden front door, massive, slablike, arched, trellised with vines, and battering-ram resistant.