George Clooney warns aging actors about the perils of vanity, hair dye and plastic surgery

'I’m a big believer in the idea that you can’t try to look younger,' Clooney said

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Before Amal Clooney came along, with her strong international human rights background, three languages and ridiculously glossy hair, George Clooney was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Hollywood - despite his 54 years.

Why? Because being a silver fox suits him just fine, he says. And changing that would be the gravest of aesthetic errors an actor could make.

“I think for all of us, you have to come to terms with getting older and not trying to fight it,” he said.

“You have a couple of options – which is get older or die.

“And so you have to get used to that idea that your roles in films and who you are and how you’re perceived is going to change. That will disappoint people at times.”

Lawyer Amal Clooney and actor George Clooney attend the Tokyo premiere of 'Tomorrowland'

Turning the gender inequality table on its head following endless speculation over Renee Zellweger and Uman Therman’s changing appearances, BBC presenter Jenni Murray then probed Clooney over whether he’d ever thought about going under the knife or dying his hair.

“Clearly I haven’t,” he said.

“For me it’s never been an issue or an option. I don’t think it would make much sense quite honestly.

“I’ve seen it happen – particularly on men – I don’t think it really works, I think it actually makes you look older.

“I’m a big believer in the idea that you can’t try to look younger. You just have to look the best you can at the age you are.”

In 2014, Clooney was voted by 1,000 people to be the world’s No.1 ‘Man Aging Gracefully’.