Clooney gets grilled by Barbara Walters

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Oscar-nominee and former ER star George Clooney will submit to Barbara Walters' laserlike gaze next Wednesday, March 1, when he sits down for an interview regarding his Oscar nominations. Walters, who is known to cause her subjects to break down emotionally on camera, asks Clooney about marriage and his Oscar nominations for directing and writing the film Good Night, and Good Luck, and acting in the film Syriana.

Clooney is the first person ever nominated for directing and cowriting a film in the same year as being nominated for acting in a different film. In the interview, Clooney discusses the fact that he doesn't expect to win any awards against the people he holds in high esteem.

"Paul Giamatti's been winning an awful lot and he's really good in [Cinderella Man]. I think Ang Lee will probably win for [directing Brokeback Mountain]," he says.

Clooney also revisits a statement from a 1995 Barbara Walters Special where he said he will never marry again. When prodded, Clooney admits he is currently in a relationship--with Max, his 19-year-old pot-bellied pig.

Clooney, the nephew of the late singer Rosemary Clooney, came to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on the hit NBC series ER. Before that, he played George Bennett for a season on the sitcom The Facts of Life.

Fellow TV doctor Patrick Dempsey will also be interviewed on Walters' special. Dempsey will discuss his long road to fame--before landing a leading man role on Grey's Anatomy, the 41-year-old actor starred in his first movie when he was 20, and has appeared in 40 films since. The actor talks about his past career troubles, saying, "You can't have temper tantrums. You have to be professional and I don't think I understood that at the time."

Completing the hunk trilogy will be People's "Sexiest Man Alive," Matthew McConaughey, along with resurgent singer Mariah Carey. McCounaghey will discuss his tendency to sleep naked and forget about using deodorant, while Carey will open up her 12,000-square foot Manhattan apartment--and more importantly, her shoe collection--to Walters.

Catch the newest Barbara Walters Special Wednesday, March 1, at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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