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George put on a brave face at Monday night's glitzy premiere after the death of his 21-stone pig Max
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His gorgeous co-star Cate arrived at the LA screening in a stunning cream gown with gold detailing
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George mourns Max the pig as he attends L.A. premiere

5 DECEMBER 2006

George Clooney put a brave face on things as he attended the LA premiere of his latest flick The Good German. The handsome actor was mourning the loss of his 21-stone pig Max, who has lived with him at his Hollywood Hills mansion for the last 18 years.

Devoted owner George was promoting his period drama thriller when he heard his beloved pig had passed away. "He was as old a pig as the vets had ever seen," said the 45-year-old, who is still coming to terms with losing his unusual pet. "I was really surprised, because he's been a big part of my life." The Syriana star bought Max for his then girlfriend Kelly Preston, but got custody of him after the pair split.

George who often referred to him as "Max the star" revealed the animal would squeal non-stop at him until he was fed in the morning. And his porky chum was always a priority in the famous bachelor's life. He was even rumoured to have come between George and former girlfriend Celine Balitran when the screen hunk refused to keep him outside. His only concession was to suggest banning Max from the bedroom and swimming pool, but apparently it was not enough to save the relationship.

George even credits Max with saving his life by waking him up before an earthquake: "About three minutes before, Max woke me up and kept nudging me, like he was trying to warn me. That's how smart he is." The actor, who was recently named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, has no plans to replace his pet. "I think Max covered all my pig needs," he said.

The actor was joined by his Good German co-stars Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire at Monday night's glitzy screening, which also featured a roll-call of gorgeous guests including supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber.

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