George Clooney once took a dog to an audition
The 59-year-old star used to be a "big props guy" and took random objects along to make him memorable to casting directors, but he admitted it wasn't always a successful approach
27 February 2021
He said: "I was a big props guy. I took a dog to one audition and just held it under my arm, even though there was no dog in the scene. It was for Family Ties. I didn’t get the job, so clearly it didn’t work."
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The 'Midnight Sky' actor would tell aspiring actors not to put too much pressure on themselves when it comes to auditioning.
He told W magazine: "Actors go into an audition going, 'Please like me, please.' I always say, 'Look, the worst thing that could happen is that you don't get a job that you don't have.'
"That’s the worst thing. If you take the pressure off, it makes a difference in the way you audition. And by the way, it took me a long time to figure this out."
George - who has three-year-old twins Alexander and Ella with wife Amal - had a number of "weird" roles in the early days of his career.
He said: "'Murder, She Wrote' might’ve been my favou rite, just because of all the people. I was on it with Buddy Hackett, and Angela Lansbury is class.
"I didn't get murdered. But I didn’t murder, either.
"In the beginning, I did some really weird parts. I played my evil twin in a show called 'Street Hawk'. I was a killer. I had a mullet. I also had a mullet on 'The Facts of Life'.
"On that show, I flirted around with Jo, one of the girls. And then they said, Thank you—they’d had enough of the George the Handyman character. "