George Clooney Explains Why He’ll Never Join Twitter

George Clooney
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He doesn't think Brad Pitt or Matt Damon will either

George Clooney, this week’s Variety cover subject, wears so many different hats, it’s hard to keep track. He’s won Oscars for producing (“Argo”) and acting (“Syriana”) and critical acclaim for directing (“Good Night, and Good Luck”) and screenwriting (“The Ides of March”).

When he’s not working on a movie, he’s trying to help save the world—as a human rights advocate on the genocide in Darfur. Is there anything George can’t do?

Yes, it’s called Twitter.

Clooney, who has written all his scripts by hand, said he’ll never join the social networking platform. “Just because, I like to have a drink at night,” Clooney told Variety during a lengthy interview at his Studio City home. “I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available. I don’t see Matt [Damon] or Brad [Pitt] or myself wanting to get our thoughts out in a 140-character-thing at 3 in the morning.”

And he envisioned a hypothetical bad outcome. “God forbid,” he said, “you take a sleeping pill and wake up and the sentences don’t even make sense. What a horrible idea.”

Clooney’s new film, “The Monuments Men,” which he starred in, co-wrote and directed, opens on Friday. For more about the project, read our profile on Clooney.

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  1. Gzilla says:

    Twitter… totally cool
    George Clooney.. very cool
    Clooney on twitter… not so cool

  2. stan8000 says:

    Clooney is sage to keep away from Twitter. What could he really accomplish in 140 characters other than misunderstanding. Yeah, I know. Twitter’s not all bad, but….

  3. oneandonlymeli says:

    Stacey Q was lucky to have George Clooney as her roadie ;)

  4. I could be wrong but it seems that for adults, Twitter, and pretty much all the other nonsense, is just adults passing notes in class.

    • Lori says:

      But it also can be fun/interesting.. I just left twitter. Was on there for a good hour. You also can find out what is going on in the world, not just stalk celebs, lol… For example, I saw a news heading about something happening in Southern Sudan, & I thought about George! I know he has interests there.

  5. ED Hartman says:

    There are more important things in life than spending time typing inane comments thatd don’t add anything to the advancement of humanity.

  6. Bari Naiotu says:

    So wow. Someone who doesn’t tweet. I think the entire universe won’t implode if celebrities don’t tweet. In fact, many of them have tweeted things they end up getting them in trouble. Nude pics, ignorant fights, etc. George Clooney has more to do than worry about tweeting. Wow. That just doesn’t even register as “news”. Lol. :-). But it’s fun to comment on as I lay in bed not tweeting.

  7. Sam RE says:

    First of all, he has a villa in Italy, not France
    Second, whoever spends all their time reading what any celebrity says does not have much of a life themselves.
    Third and more important, I am sure when the phone was invented, a lot of people thought that face to face communication would die too. Social media is just a change, good or bad depends on the user.
    I respect his right of not going into the medium. Every person should do what they feel comfortable doing. I do however think that his world saving efforts benefit from a social media presence, even if it is not him personally posting.

    • Lori says:

      I agree. And he could solve his possible drinking & sloppy texting issue by texting when he isn’t under the influence.. There, issue solved!! Join twitter will ya..

      • Glenn C. says:

        No. He doesn’t need to do whatever the so called masses are doing. He has a right to say no to this like anyone else. I agree with him about why doesn’t need to join a social network. It’s ridiculous how many people out there are that lonely and insecure to have to let the world know what they had for breakfast that morning and what brand of toothpaste they bought that day! George is a very very smart guy. He knows better.

  8. Kyle says:

    this was basically exactly what he said in a GQ (i believe?) interview from over a month ago. not very original. or timely. or news at all.

    • Lori says:

      He isn’t that smart, because he’s not married to me! But twitter & any other social media can be a huge waste of time. I limit my time on them, because I do like to think that I have a life off of them. But I must say, being able to tweet to a celeb & them possibly reading it is attractive. I just sent a tweet to one complementing him on something I saw him do (which required talent). Hopefully he will see it. Can you imagine if George was on there, the site would probably crash!

  9. too bad. My reply to him regarding GG remark by Fey:
    Mom always said “I would consider the source”
    Fey’s taste is all in her mouth and mind.

  10. Lori says:

    I just want to marry this man, plain & simple, or just date him for a year or so! And yes, I have checked to see if he was on twitter, & was bummed that he wasn’t.., but I respect his views on the subject.

  11. Harley Leiber says:

    Totally agree with George. This may be the age of lightening speed information transfer but the brain hasn’t and won’t catch up. So, use the phone if you have something to say, limit emails to essential information, and text with economy. We will look back on this time in 30 years and say, ” what a waste of time…I could have been reading a book by Mark Twain….or JD Salinger…Just remember,
    “. You have a circle of people who need to know some of what you’re thinking once in a while…”

  12. Pierre Edelman says:

    I’m so glad an intelligent and enlightened Man shares what I feel & think is a NIGHTMARE. Social networks, twitter and so on are THE PLAGUE of this 3d millenium. Bringing a few “positive” elements they harm our planet, and will ultimately put to death the global social fabric. They represent a form of “social terrorism”. Pierre Edelman.

  13. Staci Lichterman says:

    IN sunrise/sunset terms, things have been bad for a while. Good advice George.

  14. lynnie says:

    George is not that important that we could even care. Stay off Jorge. Go date your barely legals, stay in France because what u have to say is not important.

  15. Robin says:

    George keep up the good work, don’t let anything or anybody get u down. I have been watching your career for years and enjoy all of your work, if a fan can be proud than I am xxxxxooo Robin

  16. Mr. W says:

    This is the result when corporate cutbacks take place – the readers do the work!

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