Clooney takes a swipe at Hollywood luvvies

George Clooney underlined his reputation as the most grounded star in Hollywood by pointing out that an actor’s life is blessed. Chatting to the press, Clooney dismissed fellow stars who complain that the showbiz life is tough.

Talking about his early struggles before he found TV fame on the medical drama ER, Clooney said "I cut tobacco for a living - that was hard. I sold insurance door to door - that was hard. Acting is not hard work."

Clooney attributed some of his success to a healthy dose of good fortune. "I’ve known a tremendous number of talented actors who didn't get opportunities. Is it hard work? It's long hours, but nobody wants to hear you complain. I don't find acting difficult. I find it challenging, and sometimes I'm bad at it. But I don't find it hard."

His lack of patience with the complaints of sensitive luvvies goes some way to explaining why Clooney remains so popular with the public who pay for their cinema seats.

Clooney is tipped for an Oscar for his role in The Descendants, one of the front runners for the Academy Awards. It’s a poignant comedy from Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways. Clooney plays a man who sets out with his children to trace his wife’s lover in Hawaii.

Clooney is on the promotional circuit for the film, wooing critics with his continued gratitude for his success. "If you're lucky enough to be sitting at a table like this," he told the press, "you've been very lucky in your life."

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