Clooney’s Oscar Campaign Prompted Sudan Charity Passion

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July 27, 2011 | 4:05am EST

George Clooney felt compelled to throw himself into charity work in war-torn Sudan after winning an Oscar, because the glamorous Hollywood awards season left him feeling “unclean”.
The hunk walked away with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his 2005 movie Syriana, but admits the back-slapping world of the A-list left him feeling uneasy – and he turned to working with the United Nations in the poor African nation to escape the trappings of Tinseltown.

He tells the Los Angeles Times, “I had just come out of Oscar season, and you really do campaign, like kissing babies. By the time it’s over, you sort of feel unclean. You want to do something that makes you feel better.

“There is more attention on celebrity than ever – and there is a use for that besides selling products. We can’t make policy, but we can ‘encourage’ politicians more than ever before.”