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Former journalist/TV personality Nick Clooney and son George Clooney attend the after party for the premiere of "The Ides of March" at the Metropolitan Club on October 5, 2011 in New York City. / Getty Images

George Clooney didn't look far for someone to play the older version of his Frank Stokes character in new World War II movie The Monuments Men.

He drafted his dad for duty ?? over his dad's protest.

"It was a very small part, and a very small check. I don't think I'm up for an award," said his father, former TV anchor and host Nick Clooney. His name appears in the credits for playing Older Stokes.

George Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in The Monuments Men, based on the true story of art historians, museum directors and curators rescuing art stolen by the Nazis. Opening Feb. 7, the film also stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett and John Goodman.

He invited his parents to watch the filming last year in Germany, where his father served in the Army in the 1950s.

"When we got there, George said, 'I've got an idea. There's a scene where I have to be the older version of myself by 30 years, in 1977. ...I've got to hire an actor to do this part anyway. The scene was already in the script,' " recalled Nick, reached by phone last week from his home in Augusta, Ky.

"I suggested to him that it was not a good idea. I can't be someone else," said Nick, who turned 80 in January.

Nick knew from experience that he wasn't a very good actor. He had a brief fling with Hollywood in 1957, after two years in the Army. He appeared in Handle with Care starring Dean Jones and several other films.

Nick also lost out in auditions to Michael Landon for the lead role in I Was A Teenage Werewolf before returning to Kentucky to start his broadcasting career. He was a daytime TV personality before being named WKRC-TV news anchor in 1976.

Nick suggested that George just "put a little more gray in your hair and do it." When Nick continued to resist, George promised him: "If it stinks, I'll say it stinks and not use it."

Nick's performance wasn't questioned by Sony Pictures executives who screened the final cut, he said. From what George told Nick, "the only question they had (about his scene) was: 'Where'd you get the old guy?' And George told them, 'When we got him, we thought that there was kind of a close resemblance.' "

Nick has watched some "rough cut" pieces of the film, and will see the full picture when he and wife Nina attend the premiere Tuesday night in New York.

"I think they really did a good job with it. Matt Damon is terrific. Cate Blanchett is just killer," he said.

Nick appears in the final scene as older Stokes looking at Michelangelo's white marble Madonna in the Church of the Notre Dame in Bruges, Belgium.

"It's really a small part, just a few seconds. They run the credits over it," Nick said.



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