George Clooney: Brad Pitt is One of "The Great Ones"

Clooney admits to The Hollywood Reporter that he is "good friends" with Brad Pitt, although they "don't spend a lot of time together"

Some close pals need to see each other constantly to maintain their friendship but not so for George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The former Ocean's Eleven costars genuinely enjoy hanging out, but according to Clooney, the press seems to turn their friendship into something it isn't.

"Brad is one of the great guys," The Descendants star tells The Hollywood Reporter of his fellow Oscar nominee. "We're good friends, but it's different from what people think -- meaning we don't spend a lot of time together. He has been to my (Italian) home in Como; we motorcycle together. But until recently, I hadn't seen Brad in a year."

Perhaps that explains why Angelina Jolie reportedly snubbed Clooney's girlfriend Stacy Keibler when they flew on a private jet together last month. After all, it's not like Clooney and Pitt are lifelong bosom buddies like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Clooney, 50, and Pitt, 48, have very different lives (one is a globetrotting father of six, while the other one is one of Hollywood's most famous womanizers). But they still share many similarities, even beyond looks and movie-idol status. Both have a passion for philanthropy (they even started a Save Darfur charity together), a knack for picking good roles and a well-documented love of playing pranks -- one of which questioned Clooney's sexuality.

"A couple of years ago, he really nailed me," Clooney said of Pitt. "He did one of those shows and they asked him when he was going to marry Angie, and he said, 'I'll marry when George can legally marry [a man]'. He really got me badly, something I have had to deal with the past few years. But I could give a s--t. I have to live in the world that I care about and that's all that matters."

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