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Italian actress Violante Placido is about to become the envy of every woman in America, thanks to her steamy love scene with George Clooney in the new thriller The American. Placido, 34, told People that she and Clooney "were very open to one another to try and make it work" -- and that he put her at ease almost immediately by sharing a surprising secret.
"He confessed... that he didn't do lots of love scenes," said Placido. "I felt like this was in a way something new to him, he wasn't that experienced."
Hold the phone -- two-time "Sexiest Man Alive" George Clooney is "not that experienced"? Are we thinking of the same George Clooney here?
Although Clooney, 49, has spent over 10 years as a desirable leading man, he was actually telling the truth: he hasn't done too many love scenes. (Onscreen, that is. We won't get into his personal life!) Most of his roles are dripping with innuendo, but when it comes to doing the deed, Clooney has been surprisingly modest. Much of 2009's Up in the Air revolved around Clooney's love life, but the actual sex scenes were tame, with co-star Vera Farmiga showing much more skin than Clooney.
Other than that, only two of his films have contained memorable love scenes. One is Solaris, the 2002 sci-fi feature which is best remember for scenes of George's bare bum. The other is Out of Sight (1998), an early film opposite a relatively unknown Jennifer Lopez. The love scene between Clooney and Lopez has often been called one of the sexiest movie scenes of all time -- and although it's more suggestive than graphic, it really does make us swoon every time.
Now that we think of it, maybe his modesty is part of what makes Clooney so appealing. He's often called an "old Hollywood" type of star, and in old Hollywood, leading men and ladies would often smolder at each other for an entire picture without so much as kissing. In some ways, that's even sexier than taking it all off in every movie. But maybe now that he's getting older, he's decided to seize the day. It's clear that Clooney won't show skin for just any role, so it will be interesting to see how far he goes in The American!
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