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Why George and Amal don't want to sell twins' pics

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/11/2017 Andrea Mandell
George Clooney and Amal Clooney walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening in Venice, where they married in 2014. © Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images George Clooney and Amal Clooney walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening in Venice, where they married in 2014.

TORONTO — And there they are.

On Saturday afternoon, George Clooney whips out his iPhone and shows off a photo of his chubby, adorable twins. “My wife sent me this, this morning,” he says, greeting this reporter solo inside an airy empty room at the Ritz-Carlton.

Clooney grins at the shot of Ella and Alexander, who are now three months old, saying his favorite time with his babies is in the early hours. “They sleep for about four hours every night, which is nice. But then after they get their morning breakfast and they’re fat and happy, they giggle and they laugh and they sleep. They’re just funny.”

Clooney is at Toronto International Film Festival with his socially conscious satire, Suburbicon (in theaters Oct. 27), and in a conversation that spans politics, Donald Trump and critical reaction to his new film, he also reveals the upside of going back to work. “I have two knuckleheads at home so I haven’t been sleeping much. Actually, coming here I got more sleep,” he says.

Whether or not the public will meet his children is another question. The actor/director was recently angered by a paparazzo who snuck into his Lake Como property in Italy. Grainy photos of Clooney and his wife Amal carrying the twins were sold to various tabloids.

“I was really disturbed by a guy who climbed the fence and then climbed up a tree," he says. "And then I was really disturbed by a guy who tried to sneak into our hotel in Venice. I know the price that’s on our kids’ heads, that photograph." 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder attend ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ELLE); CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Cash Warren and Jessica Alba attend the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage) Celeb babies of 2017 “We’d like to not do it," he continues. "We’ve discussed it in detail, only to take the bounty off their heads, but it’s really hard to do because we really enjoy it being ours. If we did it, we’d just donate the money. But my hope is that we won’t have to.”

While Clooney is in Toronto, the twins (who have dual British and American citizenship) recently made their way to Los Angeles with their mom.

Taking in his little ones, this reporter reflexively says she still can’t believe the longtime bachelor now has children.

“I can’t believe it either,” he says, shaking his head. “It’s actually (expletive) crazy. I was worried about being too old, but you know, it’s fun. I’m having a blast.”

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