George Clooney Jokes About Gwyneth Paltrow Vanity Fair Saga With Julia Roberts

Celebrity News Feb. 4, 2014 AT 8:30PM

Let's hope Gwyneth Paltrow has a sense of humor about herself! In a new behind-the-scenes video from Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue cover shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz, Paltrow's pal George Clooney joked that she'd given him a script for the interview.

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Asked how it felt to be included on the prestigious annual cover, the Gravity star replied, "It's very exciting. I think it's going to be fun." Then, with a totally straight face, he added, "That's what Gwyneth Paltrow told me to say."

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August: Osage County actress Julia Roberts, who was sitting next to Clooney during the chat, gasped at his joke before letting out a huge laugh. She then mimed taking a swig from the actor's drink.

"What the hell was that about?" he said, laughing. "Why did I get pulled into that one?"

George Clooney joked about the Gwyneth Paltrow Vanity Fair saga in a video for the Hollywood issue
George Clooney joked about the Gwyneth Paltrow Vanity Fair saga in a video for the Hollywood issue
Credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Clooney was referring to the rumors that Paltrow had tried to keep him from appearing on Vanity Fair's cover. As confirmed in a letter from VF editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, the Iron Man 3 actress went to great lengths to prevent the magazine from running a story about her. (Her camp denied the Clooney claims, however.)

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"We talked for about 20 minutes about the story and her reaction, or over-reaction, to it," Carter writes in the March issue, noting that Paltrow called him last October. "At one point, she asked my advice as to what to do to get the 'haters' on her side. I suggested putting on 15 pounds. I joked that it works for me. She replied I had put on much more than that. Which I thought was fair and funny."

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