George Clooney takes 'Leatherheads' premiere home

Mar 25, 2008 at 3:00 a.m. ET

George Clooney took his latest directorial project home to meet the hometown folks.

Clooney brings Leatherheads homePremiering his "Leatherheads" in Maysville, Kentucky, the superstar mingled with the locals before heading into the 3,000 seat theater to debut his film starring himself, Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski.

"Leatherheads" is Clooney's latest directorial effort and is a romance, comedy and sports film rolled into two hours. Slapstick and very much like the feel of Clooney's turn with the Coen Brothers in "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?"

But what makes this film so special is Clooney had promised to bring a big Hollywood movie premiere to his hometown when he had the power to do so and he made good on his promise. "Leatherheads" saw its first audiences in Mayville's Washington Opera House last night.

Not to split hairs, but George is actually from nearby Augusta, Kentucky -- as any of the throngs of devotees would tell you of the dashing international man of limitless charm.

The Clooney family ties to northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area run deep. George's Dad Nick ran for congress (and lost) and his aunt, Rosemary Clooney, premiered her own Hollywood film, "The Stars are Singing" in Mayville in the early '50s.