George Clooney draws crowds as he visits Scottish cafe

George Clooney
Hollywood star George Clooney is surrounded by media and fans as he arrives at a Social Bite cafe in Edinburgh Scotland Thursday Nov. 12, 2015, after accepting an invitation to meet workers at the sandwich shop which helps the homeless 5. Clooney was due to meet some members of staff who were once homeless but now have jobs in the chain of shops which donates all its profits to charity. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

LONDON (AP) — George Clooney has taken a break from Hollywood glitz to visit a small sandwich cafe that helps homeless people in Edinburgh.

The 54-year-old actor drew a large crowd of onlookers and reporters as he arrived Thursday in a chauffeur-driven car at the establishment, which employs and feeds the homeless.

Clooney praised the project and told reporters: “I like what they’re doing, I think it’s a very important cause. I think the idea that we can all participate in everyone’s difficulties is really important.”

Inside, the star handed over a five pound note — as well as about $1,000 — to buy meals for the needy, and sampled a platter of sandwich and a coffee himself. He was invited to the cafe by its co-founder Josh Littlejohn, who also set up the Scottish Business Awards, which the actor will attend later Thursday.

Clooney was also due to meet a 32-year-old wedding planner who won a competition to have lunch with the star at a secret location Thursday.

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