Guests including Sam Rockwell, Virginia Madsen, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Allison Janney and Clooney's Ocean's Eleven co-star Don Cheadle, honored Clooney, from his work on ER to a movie career including roles in big budget movies The Perfect Storm and Ocean's Eleven.
The actor told reporters, "You try to do a little bit to make it that you can afford to do the things you are most passionate about.
"It's a trade-off. If you do it well, if you're lucky, you sort of bounce back and forth and you're about to sort of constantly go back and touch the things that are important to you."
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