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Clooney: Julia Roberts is an alcoholic

George Clooney makes fun of his pal Julia Roberts in a new interview.

The actor and business partner Grant Heslov produced forthcoming dark comedy August:Osage County, starring the Hollywood actress.

Speaking to Variety at the American Film Institute Festival screening of the film, the men joked Julia's boozy habits made her easygoing on set.

"As you well know, Julia is an alcoholic," George laughed. "It was easier to work with her because you just offer her booze, apply that with anything."

"She's no good after 11:30," Grant joked.

George was in a jovial mood at the event. Asked why he took on the challenging project, already a subject of Oscar buzz, he mused: "It was the cash, honestly."

Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, Dermot Mulroney, Misty Upham and several other stars feature in the big screen adaptation of the Tracy Letts play.

Boardwalk Empire star Julianne told the outlet working with such an esteemed cast of women offered one of the greatest learning experiences she's had as an actress.

"No one does tips," she said. "You learn by osmosis. You're in a room with Meryl, you just sort of sit and watch and hopefully something will rub off or sink in there."

August:Osage County is scheduled for US release on Christmas Day.

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