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George Clooney appears in a still from his 2007 film, Michael Clayton. - Provided courtesy of Clayton Productions, LLC.

George Clooney talks about his Lake Como skinny dipping tradition

10/06/2011 by Olivia Allin

George Clooney recently admitted that he convinced several of his "Ides of March" stars into going skinny dipping at his Lake Como home.

"[Skinny dipping] is a tradition at my house!" Clooney told Us Weekly. "It's funny. Some people skinny dip, but I always go upstairs and put a suit on and then I jump in the lake."

The 50-year-old actor managed to convince Charlie Rose, Evan Rachel Woods and Marisa Tomei into jumping in the lake at his Italian estate. Tomei recounted the event on a recent episode of "Conan."

"George said, 'Walter Cronkite was here, when Cronkite was here he jumped in the lake! And he did it on the second night,'" Tomei told Conan O'Brien. "So, he throws the gauntlet down. 'Are you guys going to jump in the lake on the first night? Are you gonna top Cronkite?'"

"[Cronkite] jumped in in full tux," Marisa added. "So, the only way too really top that was to go the whole other way!"

When asked about Tomei's comments, Clooney confessed, "Let me tell you. First I got Walter Cronkite to jump in. Then I got David Gergen to jump in. And I used Walter Cronkite to get Gergen to jump in. And I used Marisa and Evan in the lake to get Charlie Rose to jump in."

In "Ides of March," Clooney portrays Mike Morris, the fictional Governor of Pennsylvania who is a Democratic presidential candidate whose chances slowly seem to slip away as his campaign manager Stephen Meyers, played by Gosling, starts becoming embroiled in a string of dirty politics. The film also stars Evan Rachel Wood as Morris' intern.

"The Ides of March," which is set to be released on Friday, October 7, is the fourth movie Clooney has directed, following the 2008 film "Leatherheads."

Clooney is best known for his leading acting roles in films like "Syriana," which earned him an Oscar, and the 2010 drama "Up In The Air," which garnered him his fourth Academy Award nomination.

Clooney 's former girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis was recently eliminated from the current season of "Dancing with the Stars." Since splitting from the Italian model, Clooney has been spotted stepping out with former WWE star Stacy Keibler.

Watch a trailer for "The Ides of March" below.

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