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When Steven Soderbergh was asked if his "Good German" star George Clooney might stop by the film’s Beverly Hills screening/reception last night, he shook his head.

"George is deeply into preproduction on ‘Leatherhead,’" the FOC replied. Clooney’s new project is co-writing, directing and yes, starring in the romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football.

But George wasn’t working — unless your idea of work is sucking helium out of balloons and talking in a really high-pitched voice.

That’s what George was doing backstage at Tony Bennett’s big 80th birthday bash at the Kodak Theatre to amuse the kids from Paul Newman‘s Hole in the Wall Gang, a camp for seriously ill children.

Clooney, his “Out of Sight” co-star Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Bruce Willis, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Kelly Clarkson were among those honoring the classic crooner with a show produced by Lou Adler and benefitting Newman’s charity.

Brave Clooney got onstage after Billy Crystal and talked about his first job in Hollywood: as his aunt Rosemary Clooney’s driver. And since she was often on the road with Bennett, George was also Tony’s driver.

"The rates have gone up, Tony," George kidded. "But I can still get you the crystal meth and the massage."

Afterwards, Bruce Willis got onstage and added, "I’m just glad I could be here for George’s intervention."

Photo Credits: George sucks helium, then does an impressive Daffy Duck impression at Tony Bennett’s 80th Birthday fundraiser to amuse the Hole in the Wall kids.
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