Talk about a teaser. Not only did Elle magazine announce "Don't Date George Clooney" on its November cover, the accompanying article implied that the Hollywood heartthrob had a thing for sniffing armpits. It seems writer Deanna Kizis detailed her boring date with an unnamed movie star, described as an actor from "The Thin Red Line." At night's end, the actor "stuck his face in my armpit," Kizis writes. "He took a deep whiff and, coming up for air, said, 'You smell so good.'"
A full-page photo of Clooney accompanies the article, headlined "Gods and Monsters."
The 39-year-old actor, voted "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine and the star of last summer's blockbuster "The Perfect Storm," shot off a letter to Elle editors stating that he's never dated Kizis.
"You put my name on the cover of your magazine in a story that has nothing to do with me," writes the former "ER" star. "The article is so deceptive . . . that my parents called to ask me about it."
Clooney's letter further chides the editors: "Playing by your rules, what if I was to point out that a certain national magazine that just had my name on their cover wouldn't put an African American on their front page because they felt the magazines wouldn't sell as well?"
"The magazine (whose title ends in the letter 'E") had every cast member of "ER" on the cover except Eric LaSalle (who did three photo shoots for them)," writes Clooney. "In that same time, the magazine (who we'll keep nameless) had not put one actor of color on their cover, while 32 white actors graced the front page!"
It might sound like he's talking about Elle, but the magazine in question is actually TV Guide.
Elle editors say they're sorry for "any misunderstanding." Editor-In-Chief Roberta Myers stated, "We at Elle, along with millions of women around the world, consider Clooney to be one of Hollywood's most attractive men."
Sounds like they'll do anything to get his name on their cover.