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Grant Heslov: George Clooney's Go-To Guy

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

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.''

Originally posted Oct 07, 2011 Published in issue #1176-1177 Oct 14, 2011 Order article reprints

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