Actors George Clooney, left, and Catherine Zeta Jones attend a photo call to present their movie "Intolerable Cruelty," out of competition, at the 60th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003. (A.P.)

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9/8/2003

Italian journalist proposes marriage to George Clooney


By Associated Press


VENICE, Italy (AP) - George Clooney said "I do" sort of when a journalist asked him to marry her during a press conference at the Venice Film Festival.

Clooney was answering questions Wednesday about his new film, "Intolerable Cruelty," when an Italian TV journalist wearing a white veil proposed marriage.

"All right, come here," Clooney replied.

The woman approached the dais, bringing along a cameraman doubling as a priest who produced two rings.

"Finally, finally married!" Clooney said, although he added: "My fear is that he really is a priest."

Clooney kissed the journalist, laughed and had a sip of celebratory wine before moving on: "Next question?"

"Intolerable Cruelty," the Coen brothers' latest film, stars Clooney as a divorce lawyer and Catherine Zeta-Jones as a "serial divorcee." It is not in competition at the festival.

In an interview in the October issue of Vanity Fair magazine, the 42-year-old Clooney said he is single and still keeps hope alive about dating.

"You get to start over and go, `I'm a really nice guy.' And by virtue of saying it, you can be it. You can actually decide, OK, now I'm a really nice guy."