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Confessions of a Dirty Mind: George Clooney Talks Sex, Politics and Fame

Quotes from Clooney’s Rolling Stone cover story and exclusive shots from his photo shoot

Photograph by Mark Seliger

"My name is George and the world is in trouble," George Clooney tells Erik Hedegaard in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and available through Rolling Stone All Access on November 11th. "I can name you 40 hot spots in the world right now, and not just physically violent hot spots, but financially violent hot spots as well."

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Despite his debonair appearance, Clooney's sense of humor can get a bit sophomoric. For example, the word "Johnson" always makes him laugh. "Always. 'He showed her his Johnson and she left.' You can actually say that in mixed company or on late-night TV." He's also pretty fond of farts, especially when hanging out with his pals. "We think it's one of the funniest things in the history of mankind. Even the idea of a fart makes me laugh. Saying the word 'fart' makes me laugh. I have iFart on my phone. I have remote whoopee cushions. Farts. To me, there's nothing funnier."

Behind The Scenes Photographer: Brenda Ferrell

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Clooney reveals that that while he lost his virginity at the age of 16 ("young, very young, too young"), he had his first orgasm when he was much younger. "I believe it was while climbing a rope when I was six or seven years old," he says. "I mean, nothing came out, but all the other elements were there. I remember getting to the top of the rope, hanging off the rope, and going, "Oh, my God, this feels great!"

Clooney on set at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed on October 26th, 2011.

Behind The Scenes Photographer: Brenda Ferrell

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"I think one of the major misconceptions about me is that I live my life the way people think I lead my life, with hot and cold drinks running everywhere and a party all the time. They think of my life in terms of certain excesses that don't really exist. Things are actually fairly simple," Clooney says.

Clooney on set at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed on October 26th, 2011.

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"I'm the least metrosexual cat you've ever met. I've never had my fingernails or toenails done, and I've cut my own hair longer than other people have cut my hair," Clooney says. "On an awards-show day, I can play basketball, go in, take a shower and put on a tux – it takes me three minutes to put on a tux – and be out the door in 15 minutes."

Clooney on set at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed on October 26th, 2011.

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He may be one of the biggest celebrities in the world now, but Clooney grew up in the shadow of his father, a local TV newsman in Ohio and Kentucky. "You have to remember that in the microcosm of Cincinnati, Ohio through northern Kentucky, my father was a big, big star. So that made my sister and me really visible. Everybody knew us, talked about us. If I scored 15 points in a basketball game, the paper would say 'Nick Clooney's son scored 15 points.'"

Clooney with his sister Ada and Dad Nick in 1967.

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The fame was especially difficult for Clooney as he was struggling with the onset of Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis. "It was very awkward, being watched like that, everybody looking at us, and then all of a sudden your face goes flat? My dad would always say, 'It's going to go away, you'll be fine, you can handle it.' But it was a tricky thing. So, you develop a better personality and learn how to make jokes about it."

Clooney in first grade at Blessed Sacrament school in Kentucky.

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Clooney directed and starred in ensemble political drama The Ides of March earlier this year. "It's not designed for everybody to see, but I don't give a shit," he says. "I don’t need to be more famous and we shot it for $12 million, so anything we do is nice."

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Clooney's most recent movie is a darkly amusing family drama called The Descendants, of which he says, "If it's not nominated for Best Picture, I'll be shocked. It's that good."

Stacey Keibler, George Clooney

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Clooney is perfectly fine with his current lady, former pro wrestler Stacy Keibler, tweeting about "smiling all day long." "She can do whatever she wants," he says. "I rarely tell anybody what they should be doing with their life."

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