George Clooney Jokes About Becoming U.S. President: ‘Sounds Like Fun’

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VENICE, Italy — George Clooney for president?

That was the final question put to the U.S. actor and director during the Venice Film Festival press conference for his dark comedy “Suburbicon.”

“Would I like to be the next president? Oh, that sounds like fun,” he said. At which point Matt Damon, who stars in the film, interjected: “Can I just say that I’d like anybody to be the next president of the United States. Right away, please!”

Clooney, whose father ran for Congress in 2004, repping Kentucky’s fourth district — he lost by a 10 percent margin — has been fielding that question for years. And in the past his answer has been a more clear-cut “no.”

“Who would ever want to live like that?” Clooney said in 2015, putting a freeze on the notion that he’d go into politics. “I’m friends with a lot of those guys and I just think it’s hell.”

Clooney has repeatedly slammed Donald Trump since he announced his presidential candidacy, but in Venice he was quite subdued on that front.

Not that he didn’t mention Trump. In fact Trump indirectly inspired the 1950’s-set “Suburbicon,” in which a black family which moves into an idyllic suburb and is violently attacked by an angry mob. That part of the plot is based on a well-known 1957 incident that happened in Levittown, Pa., which, in turn, conjures recent race riots in Charlottesville, Va. The film is directed by Clooney and written by Joel and Ethan Coen along with Grant Heslov and Clooney.

“I was watching a lot of [Trump] speeches on the campaign trail about building fences and scapegoating minorities and I started looking around at other times in our history when we’ve unfortunately fallen back into these things,” Clooney said, talking about how the pic germinated.

“When you talk about ‘Making America Great Again,’ America being great, everyone assumed was the Eisenhower ‘50s, and it was great if you were a white, straight male; but other than that it probably wasn’t so great,” he added.

“It’s fun to lift up that curtain and look underneath that thin veneer and see some of the real problems that this country has yet to completely come to terms with.”

Perhaps not to give the U.S. president too much importance, the “Suburbicon” director also underlined that his film “isn’t a movie about Trump. …This is a movie about our coming to terms constantly with the idea that we have never fully addressed our issues with race.”

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  1. Tiffany says:

    what do you think you’re accomplishing by depicting people from Levittown, PA? You are stirring up more animosity between races all under the guise as “oh I’m just portraying these ‘crazy white people and this crazy white family’” Your Words Clooney. Racism goes Both Ways!!!!

  2. mhjhnsn says:

    What “race riots” in Charlottesville? I saw a bunch of white nationalists and mostly white antifa counterprotesters, and the ostensible subject was a statue of R. E. Lee, but no way was that a “race riot.”

  3. Joel marcuson says:

    Please. He is just too stupid. We don’t need another amateur and certainly not an actor who cannot act. We need someone with intelligence who can understand where we are headed in the 21st Century and can understand the seriousness of the office and the actions that are taken. In short, we cannot afford to have anyone like Trump ever again. We need a winner that can carry us forward not backward.

  4. Stephen Shepard says:

    Wow. Just wow. So many stupid people in the comments. I’m literally shaking my head as I read through the comments.

  5. Pf Mahan says:

    c’mon coward, I dare you too, you won’t cause then you will realize how little you are liked and that would kill your overblown ego

  6. Matt Jackson says:

    THIS IS A LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Matt Jackson says:

    THESE ARE ALL LIES!!!!

  8. Matt Jackson says:

    This is officially a Joke and a Lie!

  9. Gordan Simic says:

    A not bad idea, George Clooney for The President of The USA.

    • Sandy says:

      Hi George. Yah , should have started with having a history of successful relationships, a family.
      ……. but I’m going to be pres because I’m a famous movie star…….. Ok.

  10. Jacen says:

    Dear writer/editor. Regarding the following bit of your article–In fact Trump indirectly inspired the 1950’s-set “Suburbicon,” in which a black family which moves into an idyllic suburb and is violently attacked by an angry mob.–you start a dependent clause and, within it, an adjectival clause, but you don’t finish the dependent clause. The sentence ends up being a fragment (or perhaps a mixed construction–I’m not 100% on that). Proofreading is a helluva thing.

  11. Kip Russell says:

    Awww, is pore lil George Clooney mad at all those working white folks who think he’s an un-American, back-biting, skirt-chasing spoiled little rich Hollywood boy?

  12. Barbara says:

    He’ll never get over losing, being on the wrong side. Believing all the lies.
    He thinks it’s normal to bleachbit senseless e mail from everyday commonality. Hahaha.
    It must be very humiliating for him as well as all the losers that’s why they keep their heads stuck in the sand.

    • Frank says:

      Yes Clooney losing is quite the windbag of regrets.

    • Jacen says:

      Like popular vote loser “president” Donnie? What was that, little Donniekins? The Electoral College is the worst thing to ever happen to the US? Well, in that bit of hyperbole, you actually told the truth–just not in the way you expected.

      • Jimmy Simard says:

        Don’t get your whining about that… Our PM got only 39% of the vote and no one would dare to say he isn’t. See we aren’t a direct democraty, thank God or it will be a dictature by the big center, so the vote % had nothing to do with anything (in our case it’s by district electoral and for you it’s by states with a different number of delegates for each one).

  13. Morris coldly says that there is no proof of the affair, but Meyers claims to have a suicide note found in Molly’s room. Morris relents, clearly giving up what is left of his personal integrity, and meets Meyers’ demands to become the lead in the next Blade Runner movie.

  14. Jackson says:

    Hey, somebody tell George Clooney to sit his dumb ass down.

  15. Steve says:

    He’s not gonna run for President. He’d be snowed under by the kind of right-wing anti-Hollywood butthurt one sees here. Besides, he’s right, it’s just an awful job in general. He should concentrate on his beautiful wife and new babies, and of course on making entertaining, provocative movies. Looking forward to Suburbicon!

  16. Phillip Ayling says:

    Will his fundraisers be held close to home? …like England or Italy?

  17. Alex says:

    At THIS time, he should shut up…but he’s an ass and can’t

  18. Nodoofusesallowed says:

    George Clooney is an idiot of the highest magnitude. He proves it over and over again.

  19. Bocca says:

    Dont bother George we hate you just a waste of money

  20. if he couldn’t act (and I do like him as an actor) he would be doing what? Reagan as an actor was okay but became a fine president only through a long internship in politics as a governor of calif. arnold became a laughingstock as governor of said calif. so, clooney thinks it would be fun, but for whom? doubtful if America would have fun with his liberal ideas. we suffered enough under obama

  21. sukietawdry says:

    Great, a film that stirs up racial animus and trashes Donald Trump at the same time. A double whammy. I know how movie audiences love being lectured to by liberal white Hollywood millionaires, so I’m sure it will be very successful.

  22. Don Wilson says:

    Perfect. Can’t wait to be lectured by Clooney and Damon. I’m there opening day. Right after I go see Detroit.

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