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Did Clooney leak the 'Huckabees' videos?

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Clooney_lThis morning, Radar “The Internet Never Folds” Online’s Jeff Bercovici presents a very interesting theory on those leaked I [Heart] Huckabees outtakes featuring Lily Tomlin and director David O. Russell arguing and using the kind of language that strips paint from the walls and makes the baby Jesus cry. Bercovici’s question: Did George Clooney put ’em on YouTube?

As evidence, Bercovici points to a piece Radar wrote last fall naming Russell the guy “Most Likely to Make an Actor Cry”, and citing a fistfight the director had with Clooney during the shoot of Three Kings (pictured). In the same piece, they mention the then-mythological Huckabees vids. Also noted: Clooney’s current project, Leatherheads, shares a sound mixer with Good Night and Good Luck, Three Kings… and Huckabees.


Yeah. It’s probably not true, right? This is just one of those silly rumors, right? I mean, while any claims that Clooney “barely knows how to email” are patently preposterous, this seems entirely too mean-spirited for George… right? On the other hand, since Tomlin herself has said the outtakes are no big deal, would it matter if Clooney were behind the leak?

UPDATE: “Contrary to popular opinion, neither the sound man, Ed Tise, nor yourstruly sent in the David O. Russell tape,” Clooney said in a statement issued Thursday. “I saw it when we wereworking on Ocean’s 12, and there have been quite a few copiestraveling around town for the last couple of years. Any rumor thateither of us put it on the Internet is simply false. And I’d offer amillion bucks to anyone who would prove otherwise.”

addCredit(“Three Kings: Everett Collection”)