George Clooney might have won a couple of Oscars for his film work, but he should take home some kind of award for his ability to charmingly evade questions.
The star of Disney's "Tomorrowland," hitting theaters on May 22, joined a panel of his co-stars at a press conference in Beverly Hills today, and took on a question he had apparently already expected.
One bold reporter capitalized on this weekend's Mother's Day holiday to ask Clooney if he and his wife, Amal Clooney, would be having children anytime soon.
"Since this Sunday is Mother's Day, do you see yourself as a father in the future?" the reporter asked, making the arguably tenuous connection between the futuristic aspect of the film and Clooney's actual future.
"I knew you were going to get to it somehow," Clooney said. "I didn't think you'd go the Mother's Day route."
"I thought you'd do, 'There was a little kid who was you as a young boy. Does that make you feel like you should have a little boy? Like that boy. It looks like you, sort of, like having a child. But no, you went the 'You have a mother, and most of us have mothers, and wouldn't you like to be a father?' [route]," he said.
"You can go back and tell everyone you asked the question," he said, "but thank you for asking."
At that response, Clooney got a rousing round of applause and laughter.
Well played, Clooney. Well played. Just the kind of verbal gymnastics that would be great for, say, fatherhood.