George Clooney Explains What Happened When He Met Donald Trump

George Clooney says that he only met Donald Trump once, but after he did, the future president made fun of him for his height.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney discusses the 45th president, whom he has been quite critical of in the past. When asked if he has ever met Trump, Clooney recalled that they did run into one another at a restaurant years back.

“I was sitting down at a restaurant in New York [several years ago] and he came in and we talked for a while,” Clooney said. “I’d had neck surgery, and he said, ‘I’ll give you the name of a doctor,’ and he wrote me a couple of times with the name. Then he went on Larry King Live and told him I was very short.”

George Clooney at the Men Who Stare At Goats premiere

George Clooney at the Men Who Stare At Goats premiere. | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

This meeting would have taken place in 2007, as Trump was interviewed on Larry King Live in October of that year and he did indeed comment on Clooney’s height.

“One of the perceptions I had of George Clooney was he was this big, strong guy,” Trump said. “And he was very little when I met him. It’s OK. Nothing wrong with it. He’s doing just fine.”

Trump did also say that Clooney is a “big, strong handsome guy” and a “nice guy,” bringing up his height to make a point about perceptions of other people. Donald Trump is taller than George Clooney, but not by that much; Trump is 6 feet 2 inches, while Clooney is 5 feet 11 inches. While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter this week, Clooney said that he was surprised to see Trump comment on his height.

“I’m 5-foot-11 — I’m not the tallest actor in the world, but I’m not short,” Clooney said. “That made me laugh.”

George Clooney in 2015

George Clooney in 2015. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

George Clooney’s latest film is Suburbicon, a movie that he directed but does not star in. The star of the film is instead Matt Damon, who recently revealed his own story about Donald Trump; while Damon says he’s never met him, he did reveal that Trump always required that movies that film on his properties give him a cameo.

“The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part,” Damon told The Hollywood Reporter. “[Director] Martin Brest had to write something in Scent of a Woman — and the whole crew was in on it. You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullsh*t shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, “Hello, Mr. Trump!” — you had to call him by name — and then he exits. You waste a little time so that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out. But I guess in Home Alone 2 they left it in.”