When staying at George Clooney’s Italian villa you might end up in the lake – without your clothes on!
Access Hollywood caught up with the actor at the premiere of this latest movie, “The Ides of March,” where he told us that his Lake Como palazzo has a long history of inspiring distinguished newscasters to take a dip in the pristine waters.
“I got Charlie Rose to jump in the water too,” George told Access on Tuesday night. “Once, I got Walter Cronkite jump in the lake a long time ago, so now once you get Walter Cronkite, you get all these classy journalists to jump in the lake now.”
Earlier on Tuesday during an appearance on “Conan,” George’s co-star, Marisa Tomei, revealed that Charlie wasn’t the only “Ides” star jumping in the lake.
“Charlie Rose can be hot. We had some hijinks over there in Como. He’s a sport,” Marisa said of the PBS newsman, explaining that she, Evan Rachel Wood and Charlie (who also stars in “Ides”) recently stayed at Clooney’s home.
“George kind of… we would up all skinny dipping, let’s just cut to the chase!” the actress said with a laugh.
According to Marisa, Conkrite’s dip in the lake inspired the “Ides” gang to also take a leap.
“George said, ‘Walter Cronkite was here, when Cronkite was here he jumped in the lake! And he did it on the second night. Now, we’re here on the first night, we’re having wine, we’re having a beautiful dinner.’ So, he throws the gauntlet down. ‘Are you guys going to jump in the lake on the first night? Are you gonna top Cronkite?’” the actress recounted.
But they weren’t going to let the last news great best them.
”[Cronkite] jumped in in full tux,” Marisa explained. “So, the only way too really top that was to go the whole other way!”
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