Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I'm running away with George Clooney

Just kidding, I don't have a chance. But I did get to see him with my own two eyes.

Guests at a private screening of “Leatherheads” got a treat Tuesday when the film’s stars made a surprise appearance at Ballantyne Village Theatre.

The film’s writer, director and lead actor George Clooney, along with co-star Renee Zellweger, sneaked in a back door and introduced the film to the audience of VIPs – including Panthers head coach John Fox (it is a football movie after all), wide receiver Steve Smith, Beth Petty of the Charlotte Regional Film Commission and other Charlotte-based cast members.

It was an evening of people-watching as Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme brought the stars on stage. (For the record, he said, “The arm’s great!”) He also got a big laugh when he said he himself has played with a leatherhead. “Vinny Testaverde. Yeah, he was from that era,” he quipped with a straight face.

Delhomme presented Clooney and Zellweger with personalized Panthers jerseys. The A-listers will head north today to make another appearance – this one open to the public – in Salisbury as part of their whistlestop tour promoting the movie, filmed in the Carolinas.

For the record, yes, Clooney is really that good-looking, and Renee really is that tiny.



Anonymous said...

George Clooney and Renee Zellweger had the class to go on this whistlestop tour, stopping in Duluth MN, & Maysville Ky before coming to the Carolinas. Mr. Clooney is from KY, as am I. I'm glad to see that he, like his aunt Rosemary, has not forgotten his roots. His father, Nick Clooney, also a class act, would not let him do so I believe. I plan on seeing the movie, not only because they are in it, but to see the local venues used in the filming.

Anonymous said...

As long as John Krasinski wasn't there, I'm not sad about missing that :)

Anonymous said...

I saw George buying a banana at the Fresh Market!

Anonymous said...

I fail to see why anyone would get excited about this. Who cares that Clooney and crew stopped here? Does this somehow make us more 'world class' and give us bragging rights?
No...it doesn't. And the fact people "swoon" about them coming here shows how small-minded they are.


Sean said...

What, then, does it say about people who read said item on a Web site ... and then take the time to comment on it?

Anonymous said...

You know Sara He Clooney would make a great James Bond ; My wife has a freind that did meet him in a cafe' in Germany and she is also from OHIO; Funny his dad used to do broadcast in Columbus and at our Statefair in Ohio; Who would ever think he would get to this point, He looks like his dad so much , its remarkable.

Anonymous said...

George is cute, but Renee Zellweger is a class act all the way! I'd love to meet her!