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​George Clooney Credits Boris Johnson For Bringing Him Closer To Wife Amal

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​George Clooney Credits Boris Johnson For Bringing Him Closer To Wife Amal

George Clooney has revealed a dig Boris Johnson once made about him ended up being 'great' for his dating life - playing an unexpected role in his blossoming romance with now-wife Amal.

Back in 2014, Johnson had compared Clooney to Hitler following comments over the Parthenon marbles, which are a collection of long-contested Classical Greek marble sculptures on display at the British Museum.

Clooney - who was in the UK promoting his film The Monuments Men at the time - said he believed the museum should return the marbles to Greece, which was a stance Johnson clearly didn't agree with.

Then-Mayor of London, Johnson told the Telegraph in response to the actor's stance: "Someone urgently needs to restore George Clooney's marbles

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"This Clooney is advocating nothing less than the Hitlerian agenda for London's cultural treasures."

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But it seems Clooney wasn't too peeved by the bizarre comparison - in fact, it ended up working out pretty well for him.

Speaking to the Observer, 59-year-old Clooney recalled how Johnson 'literally compared' him to Hitler.

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He said: "It was kind of great for me!

"Amal and I were secretly dating at the time. No one knew. There was all this uproar about what I'd said. And I was meeting Amal for dinner that night."

Alamuddin, as Amal was previously known before she married Clooney, had been hired as a lawyer to argue the Greek case for the return of the marbles, meaning she'd been able to brief her dinner companion in depth - something that he says forged a strong bond between them, shaping their shared passion for campaign work.

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Crediting Johnson, Clooney joked: "I'll send him a note. A thank you note. And a comb."

Clooney also explained that he enjoys working on high-profile battles alongside his wife, through the foundation they created four years ago to help bring justice to human rights abusers.

He continued: "Working less on movies, working more on life. I gotta tell you, it's been pretty fun chasing some war criminals around."

Clooney added that it also helps him be a better father to their three-year-old wins, Alexander and Ella, saying: "I just feel like, with kids this age, having young children in a period of time when there's all this craziness, I wanna make sure I can say, 'these are the things we did to stand against this moment in history'. Not just to make them proud. But to make their world better."

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Topics: George Clooney, Entertainment, Celebrity, Boris Johnson

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