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Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, ER

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We ran into Anthony Edwards at the Sundance after-party for his flick Motherhood. And it seems so much gab is all about George Clooney putting his scrubs back on for the final season of ER. So. We sure were curious about Georgie’s former costar's thoughts on it all, seeing as A.E. is back briefly this season, too. He could hardly contain his excitement.

Well, that’s a total lie, actually. We pressed:

Do you think you'll be able to work with him? "No. I won't," droned Edwards, like he couldn't wait to have Clooney's name never mentioned in his vicinity again.

Have you stayed in touch at all? Given him any advice for coming back, like you just did? "Not really."

'K, we got it. Over with the Clooney questions. Anthony did get more enthusiastic once Georgie was out of the journo equation, mind you. He said he had "great fun" coming back to the show, and that he got paid a cool half mil, all of which went toward a hospital he's trying to build in Africa. Damn, that's the going rate for a return actor? Guess the pressure's on for G.C. to do something even more fab with his dough, right?

How ‘bout donating it all to repealing Prop 8, Mr. C, since we so know how you feel about that bad-prop puppy, as you exclusively told us. Deal?

—Additional reporting by Taryn Ryder