What happens in Vegas for George Clooney, apparently, does not always stay in Vegas.
The megastar was dining out with friend and casino magnate Steve Wynn when it seems the conversation turned to politics. As these situations often do, it quickly devolved into petty insults and one of the men storming off into the night.
Rather than try to rehash the tale, we’ll let the two principal members of the argument tell their story. Both spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, spinning very different tales. Here’s what Clooney said in a statement via his publicist:
“There were nine people at that table, so you can ask them. Steve likes to go on rants.
He called the president an asshole. That is a fact. I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole.’ At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass.
And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”
Wynn, as you might expect, did not have quite the same view on the situation. He said:
“[Clooney] sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act, and that’s when I spoke up. He didn’t like that either. I think my discussion about the Affordable Care Act was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president.
He got up and said, ‘I don’t have to listen to this (expletive) stuff. The only person who got excited at the table was George, and he ran off to another bar. Clooney’s fun to be with when he’s sober. If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don’t stay late.”
Will we ever know the truth? Does it really matter? The answer to both questions is probably no. But, if we’re really thinking about it, isn’t it totally believable that Clooney (not one to hide his political views) would get bent out of shape about a silly comment like Wynn’s? #smugalert.