George Clooney has said it doesn't bother him if people think that he is gay.

The 50-year-old Clooney will play lead attorney David Boies in the Los Angeles reading of the play 8.

8, which was written by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, is based on the trial over the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.

Joining Clooney at the March 3 reading will be Jamie Lee Curtis, Matt Bomer, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch and George Takei, to name a few.

In a wide-ranging interview with gay glossy The Advocate, Clooney discussed why he became involved in the play.

“I felt that it was important to again bring focus to an issue that, in the very near future, we'll look back on and laugh at the fact that it was ever an issue. It's the right thing to do,” he said.

“One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side. … There are even a lot of young conservative today for whom marriage equality isn't an issue.”

And on those ever-present rumors that he's gay, Clooney said: “I think it's funny, but the last thing you'll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, 'These are lies!' That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I'm not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I'm very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I'm gay? I'll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don't give a shit.”