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George Clooney: 'I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay'


Silver fox speaks out about 'the final leg of the civil rights movement'

George Clooney doesn't really care if you think he's a homo.

"Who does it hurt if someone thinks I'm gay," the actor said in a recent interview with The Advocate. "I'll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don't give a shit."

In fact, Clooney does more than many other stars to bring attention to gay rights, specifically marriage and California's Proposition 8, which he called "this albatross that stood out to me as the final leg of the civil rights movement."

On March 3, Clooney will take on the role of lawyer David Boies in a star-studded reading of Dustin Lance Black's play 8. It's a role the star feels is important to lend his celebrity to.

"[The gay marriage debate] really came to a head during the 2004 elections, when it was used as a wedge issue, and it was a very effective tool to keep the Republicans in office and to avoid talking about other issues," he said. "Well before Prop. 8, I've made the point that every time we've stood against equality, we've been on the wrong side of history. It's the same kind of argument they made when they didn't want blacks to serve in the military, or when they didn't want blacks to marry whites. One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side... It always takes government an extra generation to catch up to the people."

As far as Clooney's own taste in men, well, it's safe to say he doesn't necessarily agree with People magazine.

"Not that I don't think Bradley Cooper is a perfectly sexy guy, but I'm still shocked that Ryan Gosling didn't get Sexiest Man Alive last year," he said. "I thought he worked hard and ran a very solid campaign, so I feel that he was ripped off."

And as far as his now-infamous comment about Michael Fassbender's equipment in Shame? Clooney doesn't seem to blush at all about expressing admiration for the other actor's endowment.

When asked about the comment he made that Fassbender could play golf with his bits, Clooney laughed and responded, "Every guy who saw that movie was like, "Jesus Christ," at the exact same time."

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