George Clooney Coming to Capital Region

By Dodie Fingerton

Published March 16th, 2015

Photo By Paul Bird

ALBANY — Mega-star, mega-gray-haired, mega-hunk George Clooney is coming to the Albany area.

The Academy Award winner is a confirmed passenger aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight that departs Boston's Logan International Airport on Friday evening. Barring bad weather, the Ocean's 11 actor is due to fly over Albany — at approximately 32,000 feet — sometime around 7:15 p.m., according to sources.

“We are extremely pleased that Mr. Clooney has chosen to chart a course directly above our fair city,” beamed Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “We know that he has choices when it comes to which burgs he flies over, so its important he knows we appreciate his support.”

Sheehan said the city commissioned a coordinated montage of iconic Clooney portraits, which will appear in lights on the north-face of the Corning Tower on the off-hand chance the A-lister, and purported best friend of Matt Damon, happens to be looking out his window at the time of the flyover.

“It's going to be quite special,” she added.

The Clooney camp, however, seemed confused when word of the city's plans reached them via social media.

“We're not even sure if George is going to be on that flight,” @georgeclooneycamp tweeted Wednesday. “But if he is, he'll most likely be asleep, reading a script or watching himself in the in-flight movie.”

This marks the second time in two months that an Academy Award winning actor has traveled either over, or around, the state capital.

In January, Matthew McConaughey was spotted on the Berkshire spur of the Thruway, ranting to himself inside his Lincoln MKZ hybrid.


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