John Krasinski Talks Clooney, 'Leatherheads' And 'The Office'

04/05/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Donna Freydkin USA Today

Scoring the lead in George Clooney's third directorial effort, the football comedy Leatherheads?

Simple.

Taking the Oscar winner on in a one-on-one game of basketball, for money?

Simple-minded.

Living proof of that is John Krasinski, who won a plum part in Clooney's sports flick but lost a chunk of change to the actor/director while on location in North Carolina.

"It was like White Men Can't Jump. I was like, movie stars can't jump. This dude can't play. And he Woody Harrelsoned me," recalls Krasinski, 28. "I basically was conned there. He beat me handily."

True enough, says Clooney, who gives Krasinski credit for being a gracious loser -- to the tune of $2,000.

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