George Clooney 'driven' by work
George Clooney has said he won't sit back and retire anytime soon, because he is driven by his work.
The actor, who stars with Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick in Up In The Air, said work makes him value his life.
"I suppose I could relax, ride my motorcycle, sit in cafes and enjoy the good life in Italy, but my work is what drives me," he told the Daily Mirror.
"I come from a family that prided itself on accomplishing things and that kind of feeling resonates inside me. I have a very good life, but it wouldn't mean anything to me unless I felt that I was able to do some serious work and makes some sort of contribution."
He added: "I hate wasting time, so I need to keep pushing myself."
But George, who has a villa in Lake Como, Italy, loves his downtime.
"It takes you out of the spotlight for several months at a time," he said.
"My life over there takes me away from the circus aspects of being a celebrity and that's a pleasant change for me. It's much easier for me to hang out with friends in Laglio or a lot of the other small villages without 50 photographers showing up in half an hour."
But he joked: "Whenever I want, I can always stage a diversion and invite Brad, Angie and their 15 children to come and visit," he quipped.
:: Up In The Air is released in cinemas now.