While most of Hollywood was excited about the release of the nominations for the Golden Globe awards, George Clooney, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor for his starring role in “Michael Clayton,” was in Rome receiving an award of a different sort.
Clooney, along with fellow actor, Don Cheadle, received the Peace Summit Award for their tenacious work in bringing the World’s eye toward the genocide occurring in the Darfur area of the Sudan.
“Don and I are here today to speak for those voices that can’t be heard over the sound of the violence. We’re here to plead for help,” said George at a news conference in Rome.
Clooney, who is the son of Nick Clooney, a reporter, further said, “I’m the son of a journalist. And I understand that freedom of speech doesn’t give you the right to run into a crowded theater and yell FIRE. Unless of course there is one.”
“There is a fire!”
Clooney also encouraged the United States to appoint a high level envoy to pursue peace talks in Darfur.
George told USA Today that celebrities have a responsibility to go beyond oneself and look out for others. “In some ways, it’s easier for us because we have some financial security, so we can say, ‘OK, let’s stop worrying about ourselves and look out for other people.'”
The 46-year-old Clooney made a jab at Ms. Britney Spears when he said, “What should you do with all this kind of attention? Should you get out of a car without wearing underwear?”
Clooney plans to make his second trip to Darfur in January saying he will “try to get some cameras in to the tougher camps and have conversations. That’s basically all I can do. If you put famous people in front of very ugly sites, people will watch.”
The following is a humorous video that Clooney and Brad Pitt created for a presentation honoring Julia Roberts at the 22nd Annual American Cinematheque Awards, which was presented on the AMC channel on Wednesday night.