Actor George Clooney reportedly uses the character names of past movie roles in e-mail signatures and voicemail messages.
According to Us Weekly, an inside source opened up about how the Gravity actor does it.
“[George Clooney] often uses the names of his roles as pseudonyms. He signs emails to friends with a simple ‘Danny Ocean’ and he loves leaving voicemails saying, ‘This is Batman.'”
The 53-year-old actor played Danny Ocean in the 2001 hit comedy heist film, Ocean’s Eleven. Clooney returned to play the same character in the two follow-up sequels – Ocean’s Twelve in 2004, as well as Ocean’s Thirteen in 2007.
Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13 will always be my fav movies Brad Pitt & George Clooney = Baes pic.twitter.com/KH1BNQh9mG
— K K (@KaynaatIsBoss) April 18, 2015
I wish ocean’s 11 didn’t stop at ocean’s 13, I wish they’d go to 15 or 16. We need more movies with Brad Pitt and George Clooney together. — Child of God (@Salvatoremomma) April 23, 2015
Clooney is also featured on the relatively short list of actors that have played the Dark Knight and Caped Crusader on the big screen.
He became the fourth actor to play Batman when he starred in the 1997 film, Batman & Robin alongside Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Uma Thurman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
— Radio Times (@RadioTimes) October 14, 2014
People who say “Ben Affleck will ruin the Batman franchise” clearly haven’t seen ‘Batman and Robin’ with George Clooney.
— Mwa – Nee – Kee (@Mwaniki_Nyagah) April 16, 2015
Out of the five actors (West, Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney and Bale) that have played Batman on the big-screen so far, George Clooney has been criticized by many fans and critics as being the worst.
However, according to the inside source, the negative criticism that plagued the 1997 film apparently does not affect George’s own opinion.
“George gets a kick out of the fact that he played Batman. He’s so proud of all his movies.”
The insider further reports that Clooney’s first email address was under the name of Everett McGill, his character from the 2000 Coen Brothers-directed film, O Brother Where Art Thou?.
According to the report, George Clooney’s decision to use his memorable characters as pseudonyms had more to do with security issues and data breaches than necessarily paying tribute to his past work.
“He never trusted it. He has always worried about people finding a way to access his information.”
George apparently does not even send emails to his wife, Amal. He reportedly prefers to communicate with her over the phone since “he loves hearing her voice.”
In the Sony hack database published by WikiLeaks, one of George Clooney’s email addresses (email@example.com) reportedly surfaced earlier this month. Therefore, perhaps George was on to something with his discreet, yet somehow effective, approach to communicating online.
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