George Clooney exuded star quality the moment he walked onto the Late Show set, looking like he had just stepped out of Ocean’s 14. And while being George Clooney is something none of us can ever hope to achieve, there’s a lot to be learned by observing his high-wire balancing act as a talk show guest, striking the perfect balance between being A-list and accessible.
Clooney has the self-deprecating act down to a science, blending the “I wish I was a star like him” and a viewer’s desire to see the all too human side of the high-and-mighty. Watching George and Dave pal around and share celeb stories, we think “Oh, I want to belong to THAT club!”
Clooney knows the trick to spinning a great story is to have it so well rehearsed that it never seems rehearsed. He made it look like he just remembered the hilarious incident that happened when police helicopters swarmed neighbor Britney Spears’ house. And he got plenty of plugs in for his new movie, Leatherheads, by telling funny stories that generously showcased the other actors, at his own expense. His guest stint was a textbook example of how to look ridiculously cool while telling stories about appearing ridiculous. Not so easy when you come to think about it.
Clooney secured the Perfect Guest title by giving Dave what ever talk show host craves: a bankable celebrity who not only charms the audience, but hangs around to do a comedy skit as well. Dave said it best, “If everyone were like George Clooney, show business would be a much better place.”