George Clooney surprises, delights fans at Vancouver hot spots
Published Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:26AM EDT
Hollywood A-lister George Clooney has been surprising fans in recent days, unexpectedly showing up at bars and restaurants in Vancouver where he’s filming the movie "Tomorrowland."
The actor has been living up to his reputation as one of Hollywood’s most sought after bachelors, posing for photos and signing autographs in his appearances at Vancouver hot spots.
On Saturday, employees at Yaletown sushi restaurant Minami were floored when a reservation booked under the name "Mr. Sanchez" was claimed by Clooney instead.
Patrick Rider, the manager of the restaurant, said the reservation came from a swanky downtown hotel.
"They asked for a VIP table for a Mr. Sanchez so we made the reservation," Rider told CTV British Columbia.
Rider said the restaurant was busy that night, and there were no tables available when he arrived. So staff offered Clooney a spot at the sushi bar, where he dined for approximately an hour.
"He had some sashimi and a vodka martini," Rider said. "(He) was very, very pleased with everything."
Clooney, who recently split from his girlfriend Stacy Keibler, wasn’t the only one who was pleased.
"There was some buzz that was created, more amongst the female staff," Rider said. "And obviously, some guests recognized him as well and he was very gracious allowing his picture to be taken."
The TV star-turned movie icon also posed for pictures at another downtown Vancouver restaurant last week.
On Friday, Clooney was at Joey Burrard where ecstatic fans snapped photos of him while he dined at the popular casual restaurant.
"I feel like George Clooney is very down to Earth and very 'not Hollywood,'" Megan Edwards, an entertainment reporter for The Beat 94.5, told CTV British Columbia.
"I think the women of Vancouver want to be the next girlfriend of George Clooney."
"Tomorrowland," which also stars Hugh Laurie, is expected to continue filming in B.C. until January.
Clooney was scheduled to shoot scenes for the Disney film at the University of British Columbia this week. The movie is slated for release in December 2014.
With files from CTV British Columbia