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.)


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."