Amy Ferris, the witty and irreverent author of “Marrying George Clooney: Confessions of a Midlife Crisis,” strives to “encourage women to fulfill their greatness: to be bold, audacious, extraordinary and beautiful.”
She’s also an enthusiastic fan of Tacky Tourist Photos, which we happen to believe are also bold, audacious, extraordinary and beautiful.
We’re delighted to have landed this exclusive interview with Amy, getting her insights on the universal George Clooney wedding fantasy and how it plays itself out at America’s most popular wax museums. Ironically, when we first contacted the author, she was not aware of the Madame Tussaud’s photo-op.
INTERVIEW WITH AMY FERRIS — A TACKY TOURIST EXCLUSIVE!
Q: So you had NO idea there was a wax wedding opportunity for Clooney fans in Vegas? What do you think of the concept? Does this “make-believe” moment help fulfill the marriage fantasy in any way?
No, I had no idea – and I love this. It’s a fabulous concept and I think there should be a “What is your George Clooney fantasy?” contest, and book give-aways and tie-ins, and an Italian vacation thrown in.
Clooney is just so frickin’ sexy, and folks wanna stand next to him … even in a pretend world. He’s Cary Grant. He’s sexy and charismatic and suave. He’s like old-time Hollywood with a little added kick.
Q: What do you think about all these different poses? That both women and men put on the dress, that people joked about multiple brides, jealousy and George being left out in the cold by two brides?
I think it’s very Big Love-ish, and clearly he gets off on it, and I think he’s one lucky guy.
Q: What’s your favorite pose in the slideshow and why?
The two women kissing. I love that he’s standing there, ALL IN WAX (sexy), and two beautiful women are kissing, and holding a bottle of champagne to his mouth and it’s funny and surreal, and he seems so Clooney-like, so aloof.
Q: Other locations of the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum have a dinner table scene where you can sit across the table from George and share a romantic date or perhaps receive your engagement ring. How would you rate this photo-op compared to the wedding scene?
I like it. I think everyone should have at least one date before they get married.
A romantic Clooney encounter at the Washington D.C. branch of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. (Photo courtesy of Beth Eisenberg).
Q: What is your George Clooney fantasy and how does it tie into your book?
I don’t want to give it away. I think you should read the book.
Q: Why do you think George Clooney gets all this “Sexiest Man Alive” attention year after year? Is there some underrated actor who you think might be even sexier?
Oh, God, I think that: a.) He deserves it; and b.) Possibly other eligible actors are in either drug or alcohol rehab, or jail. Although I have to say, I love Robert Downey Jr. I think he’s sexy.
Q: So, why do you think he has remained a permanent bachelor?
I think ummmm… maybe…ummm…. you know, well… Actually, you never really truly know people. Look at Jesse James and Sandra Bullock. Really. Did we ever suspect that he would be a scumbag? Not me.
So, with George… yeah, maybe, he’s you know … filled with gaiety and joy.
Q: We’re not asking you to spoil the surprise, but can you please tell us a little about your George Clooney fantasy?
Okay, a tease… George and I get married, have a child we name “Dolores Claiborne Clooney” and then I fall into a coma …
And, Boy George writes a song for me, “Coma Coma Coma Girl,” and Time Magazine names me “Vegetative Person of The Year.” But you gotta read the book. And then spread the word. Please & Thank You.
(You can read more of Amy Ferris’s late-night, menopause-inspired thoughts at her Marrying George Clooney blog).