Actor George Clooney, known for his old-fashioned charm and often the recipient of comparisons to Cary Grant, paid a stranger's restaurant tab in Berlin after worrying that his own party had been too loud and disruptive. Clooney is in the Berlin metropolitan area preparing to film his upcoming movie The Monuments Men in Potsdam, so he'll definitely be doing quite a bit of international flying during awards season. The patron who was met with his generosity told the German newspaper Bild that the bill (approximately US$120) was already paid when he attempted to pay it himself, because Clooney, adorable as ever, worried that his table had been disturbingly boisterous; so the suave actor took it upon himself to take a page out of the book of yesteryear and behave just like the classic movie star his fans believe him to be.
The German patron insisted that George Clooney's party had been perfectly polite, stating that they "behaved in a very cultivated manner." He went on to say that he was "stunned" that Clooney felt the need to cover his bill, and didn't actually realize who he was dealing with until after he'd left the restaurant. The cynics might take the man at his word and assume that this was just a publicity stunt, but Clooney's fans will undoubtedly tuck this little nugget of charm into the incredibly successful persona that he has cultivated for years--and why not? It was a nice thing for him to do regardless of the reason, and without a good Hollywood legend, America would be a duller place indeed.