Clooney isn't joining
[New York Daily News - 20 Jan 2003]:
George Clooney opposes our President's dealings with Iraq.
George Clooney says President Bush would fit in just fine with New Jersey's favorite crime family.
"The government itself is running exactly like the Sopranos," he tells Charlie Rose tonight in a full-bore assault on Dubya's foreign policy.
The "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" director says Bush has cut deals with France and Russia so the UN Security Council won't complain when "we go into a war [with Iraq] and kill a lot of innocent people."
Quips Clooney: "[Bush says,] 'France, you're getting the pipelines.'
"Are we going to try and talk [to Saddam Hussein] ... without jumping in and killing people first?" asks Clooney. "I don't believe we're going to wait until the last resort to do it. That's what bothers me."
Speaking of "Three Kings," his sardonic 1999 movie about Operation Desert Storm, Clooney tells Rose, "you couldn't get [that] made now."
No one may be more pleased to see Rose letting Clooney vent than Richard Gere. Last week, when he appeared on the talk show with "Chicago" co-star Renee Zellweger, Gere accused his pal Rose of editing out his past rants about Henry Kissinger.
"That's not true," said Rose, who counts Kissinger as a regular guest.
Chiming in, Zellweger kidded Rose: "I've never seen your cheeks turn pink. [Richard], you made Charlie Rose lose his composure for the first time."
Having promised a full investigation into Gere's censorship claim, Rose told us he has "never willingly or purposefully taken out" a Gere dig against Kissinger.
Rose also promises to broker a dialogue about China and Tibet between the "American Gigolo" star and the man who called power the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Will Kissinger come to the summit? Says Dr. K through a spokeswoman: "I haven't been asked yet."