If George Clooney were to ever pick up Twitter, I’m sure he’d have some amazing tweets.
Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to happen. The actor/director, known not only for his craft but for his likable, charming personality, has reiterated that Twitter (at least for him) is a horrible idea.
“Just because, I like to have a drink at night,” Clooney told Variety in a recent interview . “I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available. I don’t see Matt [Damon] or Brad [Pitt] or myself wanting to get our thoughts out in a 140-character-thing at 3 in the morning.”
Clooney is one of the most high-profile Twitter holdouts, and has previously stated his aversion to the real-time communication platform.
“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 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,” said Clooney in a recent Esquire interview.
“And 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. 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.’”
Twitter’s not for everybody – this has been made painfully clear by all of the tragic, career-damaging mistakes made by various celebrities over the years. Twitter allows anyone to pretty much say whatever they want, whenever they want, to whomever wants to hear it – a fact that is both the upside and downside of the service.
“God forbid you take a sleeping pill and wake up and the sentences don’t even make sense. What a horrible idea,” he told Variety.
I guess you can’t really blame a superstar for taking preventative measures. There’s probably more bad than good to come from a super-famous actor spilling his guts to millions and millions of followers.
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