George Clooney Crashes New York Comic Con Because Working Honeymoons Are a Thing Now
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are still in their honeymoon phase, figuratively and literally. In one of the most anticipated weddings of 2014, Clooney and Alamuddin were married in a four-day Italian dream ceremony that we all wish we could have. Then the happy couple revealed that their honeymoon plans consisted entirely of locking themselves in their new home in England for a week. Except not. We should have known not to trust Clooney, who claimed he would never get married numerous times before finally getting married. Apparently, Clooney made a surprise appearance at New York Comic Con on Thursday because sometimes it really pays to be a big nerd.
Speaking as someone who has proudly walked with a parade of fellow Anime Club members in full cosplay to Comic Con in her illustrious past, NYCC is nerd central. There are comic books and manga, authors and actors, panels on just about everything you can possibly imagine, and lines of autograph tables. Sure, it's no San Diego Comic Con, which is basically one big star-studded ceremony on par with a red carpet event, but if you like action figures and dressing up like fictional characters, then NYCC is still a party. And now it's a party starring George Clooney, so who's getting the last laugh now, high school mean girls?!
Cough. Sorry. Clooney crashed Disney's Tomorrowland panel, sitting alongside costars Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson as they presented the audience with a first look at the film. He even found the time to make jokes: "It's not lost on me that I'm spending my honeymoon at Comic Con. My wife was as confused about what Comic Con was as you are."
Clooney also hilariously mentioned that he had been banned from attending Comic Con since his appearance in the notoriously campy 1997 film Batman and Robin. I mean, it's good if you want a laugh, but it's not good if you want to actually take Batman seriously. Ben Affleck's Batman gets less flack than that movie, if that helps you put it in perspective. With this top secret appearance, Clooney joins friends Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the list of celebrities who are now trying to make working honeymoons happen. Pitt and Jolie started the trend by spending their honeymoon working on their upcoming film, By the Sea, and now Clooney is following in their footsteps.
All I'm saying is, one couple doing it makes it surprising and new. More celebrities following their example makes it a pattern. Maybe even a trend. Are we going to start seeing less flying out to exotic locations and more working/promoting upcoming projects when it comes to celebrity honeymoons? I mean, don't get me wrong. We already can't afford to do what celebrities do for their honeymoon celebrations, so it's not like this will be any less of an unattainable dream for us mere mortals. However, think of the smug sense of superiority we can pretend we have over the fact that we spent our honeymoons in Hawaii while Clooney, Pitt, and Jolie were working.