September 22nd, 2011
12:06 PM ET
We think George Clooney's only getting better with age, but the actor says turning 50 has come with a few adjustments.
"I look at myself on-screen and go, 'I don't look like I did when I was 40–I know that,'" Clooney tells Parade. "The people I've respected most in the industry over the years — Paul Newman, for instance. I just loved the way he handled growing old on-screen. It's understanding that you're now basically a character actor."
"I find that as you get older, you start to simplify things in general. By the time you get a subscription to AARP, which I just got, you have some idea of who your friends are, at least. [Getting the AARP subscription] shocked me–'Are you kidding?' [laughs] I told them they should do 'The Sexiest Man Still Alive.'"
If the AARP does get around to Clooney's idea, you won't hear about it from the actor.
"I don't tweet, I don't go on Facebook. I think there's too much information about all of us out there," he says. "I'm liking the idea of privacy more and more. There will be funny things, like I'll read something I've said about a woman somewhere. And I haven't spoken about my relationships in 15 years."
What he will talk to you about, of course, is his upcoming film "Ides of March," also starring Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. (It's also one of our most anticipated movies of the fall.) Clooney plays a presidential candidate in the movie, which is based on Beau Willimon’s 2008 play "Farragut North."
"We were in pre-production on this film in 2007, before the Obama election," Clooney reveals in the interview. "And then we realized that a good portion of the country was elated with what happened in that election, so we had to shelve the movie until people were cynical again. I didn't think it would be quite this quick [laughs]."
"The Ides of March" opens October 7.
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