''The Ides of March'' co-writer and producer is one of George Clooney's closest friends — and his secret weapon in showbiz

By Josh Rottenberg
Updated October 07, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Journeys with George
Heslov and Clooney first met in acting class when they were starting out. ”We did a scene together and became buddies,” says Heslov, who lent Clooney the money for his first head shots: ”It was $100 — and he still hasn’t paid me back.”

What He Gets Recognized for Most
”Probably True Lies — I played the computer guy. But mostly I get: ‘Did I go to high school with you?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t think so. You might have seen me in a bad TV show.”’

What Oscar Buzz?
Heslov brushes off the idea that Ides might receive major Oscar-season love. (He was nominated in 2006 for co-writing and producing Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck.) ”George and I are both incredibly superstitious, so we just don’t talk about that.”

They Do, However, Prank Each Other
”I filled a trash can with water and put it up against his office door, so when he opened his door his office got flooded.”

Good Night, and Good Luck

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 93 minutes
  • George Clooney