The unidentified gay stripper asked Clooney whether he and Ewan McGregor, his co-star in The Men Who Stare at Goats, had intentionally played gay roles in previous films. He said, "Because I am gay, George. Take me, choose me George, please. May I kiss you, just once?"
Clooney smiled and said, "It's hard when you take a big chance and it doesn't really work." Clooney, who was decidedly not persuaded to do some switch-hitting, said "You know the tie looks good. And it's just long enough."
However, Clooney arrived in Venice with Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis at the Venice Film Festival to present his new movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, which is directed by Grant Heslov. The film was screened Tuesday out of competition.