Comparing George Clooney and Robert Pattinson is like comparing Miley Cyrus and Meryl Streep. One is this year's fad, the other is a great star in a business where few can match them.
Yet the comparisons are being made. Actress Anna Kendrick has worked with both leading men, Robert Pattinson and George Clooney, in the past year. She set off a minor rivalry between the two when she discovered, she says, that they were a little jealous of each other.
"George gave me such a hard time about shooting ‘Twilight.’ Whenever I came back, it was like, 'Oh, sorry, this isn't the ‘Twilight’ set. You're not working with Mr. Handsome,” she told Ellen De Generes.
When Pattinson heard George seemed a little jealous, he autographed his GQ cover for George and wrote "To George: Best of Luck. Hang in there. Love, Rob."
But let's be honest. There is no comparison. Irish-American Clooney is a leading man straight from the Hollywood playbook. He is our modern era Clarke Gable, handsome, suave, debonair and – yes, he can act.
Pattinson, on the other hand, plays at vampires, making the same movie over and over, or he is a leading man in silly romantic comedies like “Remember Me,” which is coming out shortly.
Have you seen Clooney in “Good night and Good Luck,” the story of ace reporter Edward Murrow who brought down the great witch hunter Joe McCarthy? Clooney's directing was sublime, caught Murrow to a T and you actually forgot how good looking he is.
In his latest movie “Up in the Air” Clooney is again magnificent, and by all accounts, definite Oscar material.
As for Pattinson? Well, the buzz is he will get a Razzie for worst actor in “Twilight” this year. His Oscar prospects are probably confined to his acting skills in pretending he was nearly run down by a taxi in New York last year.
I can't imagine George Clooney is in the least jealous of Robert Pattinson. Why would the king fear the court jester? Why indeed.
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