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CLOON SWEEP; George reveals his passion for curling.

Byline: By Siobhan Synott

MOVIE superstar George Clooney has revealed he's a huge fan of curling.

The actor has told how he got hooked on the brush and ice sport while filming The Perfect Stormin Canada.

Coverage of 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics - where Rhona Martin and her Scots team snatched curling gold - was never off the box.

And Clooney soon became fascinated with the players' efforts to sweep granite stones on to the ice target. He said: "It was on every channel and I was like, 'What the hell? My God, have something more on'.

"But by the third month, they couldn't get me out of the hotel room. I was like, 'Hang on! That's proper technique, they've got a different shoe'."

Clooney, 46, is in Britain promoting new American football film Leatherheads.

Renee Zellweger, 38, co-stars in the flick and the Hollywood big-hitters attended the UK premiere in London.

But Clooney revealed grid iron was not always his thing. He once had a trial as a baseball player when he was a teenager.

He admitted: "I had two trials for the Cincinnati Reds. I had everything except talent."

Clooney also managed to fit in a meeting with Gordon Brown to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Darfur as part of his role as a UN Messenger of Peace.

He said: "Mr Brown was amazingly helpful. He suggested London could be a place for rebel leaders from Darfur to meet and has followed through by immediately contacting the French for funding."

Meanwhile, Zellweger revealed how she became a Chelsea fan while in London making the Bridget Jones films.

And she claimed to enjoy cricket - even though she doesn't know the rules.

She said: "I love watching them run around in their little white outfits."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 10, 2008
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