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Still riding high from rave reviews for his latest drama, "The Descendants," George Clooney shifts gears from Hollywood to politics… kind of.
The international heartthrob is showing his support of marriage equality by signing on to star in "8," a stage play that chronicles the historical federal court trial that overturned Proposition 8, the ballot measure that denied gay and lesbian Californians the right to marry.
Penned by Dustin Lance Black and directed by Rob Reiner, the play will run for one night only at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. This West Coast production follows a successful performance in New York back in September.
"People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter," explains Black — who, based on his "Milk," "J. Edgar" and now "8," has carved out a nice little niche for himself as the gay rights/ political drama scribe du jour.
His leading man agrees. "It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” Clooney states. "I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people — like all human beings — are born equal in dignity and rights."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves, George.