George Clooney: Famous people shouldn't be on Twitter

In a swipe at famous tweeters such as Ashton Kutcher, the erudite actor suggests that it's better for the famous to be elusive like Bill Murray.

Chris Matyszczyk
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George Clooney is not available. BBC America/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

We so often read about the excessive impulses of the famous.

Their drugs, their affairs, their tantrums, and their hastily conceived children.

So it's a rarity to hear a famous actor championing restraint.

In an interview with Esquire, George Clooney, the thinking man's Adonis, expressed how PO'd he is with the recently IPO'd Twitter. Or, rather, with the people who lurk there.

Twitter, believes Clooney, is not for the famous.

He began: "If you're famous, I don't -- for the life of me -- I don't understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter. Why on God's green earth would you be on Twitter?"

Because famous people just can't get enough adulation on God's green earth, perhaps?

Clooney is baffled that the famous would want to put themselves out there even more than they do already. He said:

First of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself more available, right? Because you're going to be available to everybody. But also Twitter. So one drunken night, you come home and you've had two too many drinks and you're watching TV and somebody pisses you off, and you go 'Ehhhhh' and fight back.

Turning the other cheek only comes naturally to famous people when it's an order from a director.

Instead, in the circumstances Clooney describes: "You go to sleep, and you wake up in the morning and your career is over. Or you're an asshole. Or all the things you might think in the quiet of your drunken evening are suddenly blasted around the entire world before you wake up."

But we're so forgiving of the famous, George. Ask OJ. Clooney, however, is not so forgiving of some of his fellow actors, especially Ashton Kutcher.

"I mean, when you see, like, Ashton Kutcher coming out going, you know, 'Everybody leave Joe Paterno alone,' or whatever he said, you just go, 'Fifteen minutes longer and a thought process and probably you wouldn't have done that,'" he insisted.

Fifteen minutes longer and a thought process is what so many of us need in almost every aspect of our daily lives. But our technological masters won't let us do that. They need us to share. We all need to be loved, not just Sally Field.

For Clooney, famous people should be like Bill Murray, who rarely answers phone calls or e-mails, doesn't have an agent, and is notoriously just himself.

Facebook and Twitter are currently fighting for more famous people to use their services, because they believe it gives them more credibility. Or something.

Yet Clooney, perhaps, doesn't appreciate one aspect of the famous being on Twitter that is most appreciated by the greater population of God's green earth.

We like the fact that the famous prove themselves sometimes to be just as half-witted as we are. It makes them seem more human.

You don't really think we believe everything we see in the movies, do you, George?