George Clooney Calls Malaria 'Good Fun'

01/21/2011 at 01:50 PM EST

Leave it to George Clooney to find the humor in his recent struggle with malaria.

"Well, you know, even with malaria it's just good fun," Clooney said in interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, scheduled to air Friday.

Clooney, 49, contracted malaria during a recent trip to Africa as part of a diplomatic mission to prevent another genocide in the Sudan. His rep says he's subsequently made a full recovery.

It turns out this isn't the actor's first bout with the illness – though he certainly wasn't letting that get in the way of his good-natured sense of humor.

"I've had it twice," Clooney said. "I guess the mosquito in Juba looked at me and thought I was the bar."

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