SAG Awards 2012: Six (odd) things we learned
The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were not without their odd revelations. Here's a look at some of the comments and moments that stood out:
1. Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" fame told E!'s Giuliana Rancic that despite the scuttlebutt, she always wears underwear, no matter where she goes.
2. George Clooney of "The Descendants" is past the "drop trou" point of his career. "I'm 50," Clooney responded when asked if he'd bare all for a movie role. "So it's just trying to get my trou up!"
3. Alec Baldwin is "still scared to speak up [on politics]."
Baldwin, who isn't exactly known for keeping his opinions under wrap, nonetheless said Sunday: "I want Season 7 [of '30 Rock'] really badly. When you do speak out, it does cost you. The people that are the greatest film stars today and have the most potent careers are ones you know nothing about. They're very sanitized. And maybe I should have been more like that."
4. An open bar is still a draw, no matter who is in the crowd.
"This all free," said Kristen Wiig, holding up what looked to be a pint of beer. Joined by her "Bridesmaids" peers Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy, the costars explained that they have devised a drinking game for all their awards-show appearances of late. "You take a drink every time you hear the word 'Scorsese,'" said Rudolph.
5. Octavia Spencer of "The Help" loves "taking men home." The Actor winner -- who, to be fair, was referencing her newly acquired hardware -- didn't shy away from talking about her hopes for a win next month at the Academy Awards.
"I would be lying if I didn't say to you I would love to win an Oscar," Spencer said. "But we have a group of brilliantly talented actresses, and it's not a foregone conclusion that because I've won these [awards] then I'll win [the Oscar]. I would never be that presumptuous. I mean, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Chastain, Janet McTeer are in that category. Pretty brilliant."
6. Someone else's shop talk is yawn-inducing, even if their jobs are more glamorous. SAG President Ken Howard's mid-show speech announcing the impending merger of the two major acting unions, SAG and AFTRA, probably left most of America shrugging their shoulders.
-- Patrick Day and Todd Martens
Photos: Clockwise from top left; Octavia Spencer, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy; Sofia Vergara and Alec Baldwin. Credits: Matt Sayles / Associated Press; Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times; Joe Klamar / AFP/Getty Images and Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times