George Clooney on ‘Suburbicon,’ Charlottesville and Why Celebrities Shouldn’t Run for President

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If George Clooney ever decides to run for president, he wouldn’t get Julianne Moore’s vote. “I don’t think actors should be president,” Moore told Variety at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’m sorry, George.”

Clooney wasn’t hurt. In fact, he stressed — once again — that he has no political aspirations. “I think that having a celebrity as president who has a star on Hollywood Boulevard will exorcise our need to have someone famous in office,” Clooney said about Donald Trump. “And maybe we’ll find someone who knows how to make policy.”

Clooney was in Canada with the premiere of “Suburbicon,” a Paramount Pictures release that he directed, produced and co-wrote. The drama is adapted from an old script written by the Coen brothers about a 1950s family (played by Matt Damon and Moore) victimized by a brutal robbery. Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov updated the story by adding a second plot, about a black family experiencing racism from their violent white neighbors.

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In Toronto, Clooney and Moore stopped by the Variety Studio Presented by AT&T to talk about the film and other topics ranging from Charlottesville to tabloid culture. Here are some highlights.

On expanding the Coen brothers’ script with a new story line: “I’d been hearing a lot of things on the campaign trail about scapegoating Mexicans and Muslims,” Clooney said. “I was looking back at times in our country when we did this. I found a time in Levittown, Pennsylvania, where it happened with an African American family.”

On Charlottesville: “These are moments when we are supposed to come together,” Clooney said. “You can’t compare Black Lives Matter, who are protesting in support of racial equality, to the KKK and the alt-right, who are protesting in support of racial supremacy. You cannot balance those two — period. To see that happen at the highest level in our country was very disappointing and gutting for a lot of us.”

On the need for more diverse stories: “I think we need to reflect the world we see,” Moore said. “I just ran into Melissa Leo, and I saw a movie she was in, and it was all women. I realized how unusual it was. That reflects the world I see, but often don’t see depicted in film. I think the more we are able to include our real world in our entertainment, the better off we’ll be.”

On who should play 007: “I think Idris Elba should be the next James Bond,” Clooney said. “I think it’s insane that you wouldn’t. He’s elegant and handsome and masculine. He would be a perfect James Bond and it would be a great step forward.”

On the sluggish summer box office: “I think the panic is a little premature,” Clooney said. “I think everybody is going to be fine. I think it would be nice if [the movie industry] upped their game.”

On being changed by fatherhood: “Well, it’s a funny thing,” Clooney said. “In general when you talk to somebody who is in the film industry, we can impart some unique experiences. Me talking about being a parent, everyone I know goes through it. And they are all the exact same experiences. It’s [being] up all night at weird hours. It’s changing diapers. It’s being shocked at what you see inside a diaper for the amount they take in and the amount they put out; you go, ‘How is that possible?’”

On his friendship with Obama: “We have some funny texts,” Clooney said. “He came over to the house and shot some basketball.”

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  1. What’s up to every one, it’s in fact a pleasant for me to pay a visit this web page, it contains precious Information.

  2. Jim says:

    “On who should play 007: “I think Idris Elba should be the next James Bond,” Clooney said. “I think it’s insane that you wouldn’t. He’s elegant and handsome and masculine. He would be a perfect James Bond and it would be a great step forward.””

    People should stop with playing casting directors for James Bond, because they don’t understand, what’s at stake.

    Of course it would be nice to have a great actor like Idris Elba in a Bond movie, but the producers are looking for another kind of actor for 007.

    He can be black, but he needs to be in his 30s (or early 40s max), so they can do 4-5 films with him.

    Idris is already a little old for it with 45,

    Tom Hardy is 40 now, so it’s better, but until they can shoot, he’ll be 45, too.

    I would pick Sebastain Stan (The Winter Soldier), who has the perfect look and personality, but for some he will be too ‘white’, I guess, or not ‘British’ enough…it’s hard to please everybody ;-)

  3. Danette McSween says:

    Very refreshing.

  4. Ellie says:

    Not a Trumpist. Voted for HRC.

    Go away, Mr. Clooney, please go away and take HRC with you.

  5. IT--////---IT says:

    ‘ YES – – Charlottesville was STAGED ‘

    Miles MATHIS online
    days ago

    ” Understand, ALL directors in Britain and America – –are SPOOKS.
    —————————– – – – Same goes worldwide. ”
    Miles MATHIS

    And ALL the actors – –are AGENTS.

    Understand, they just MIS–directed the public thru 5 decades of RED CHINA handover.

    Understand, they’re now ‘managing’ you into the furnace of –‘monetized’— EXTERMINATION.

    Again, USURY–INTEL uber alles – –in this, the 11th HOUR.

    O YES

  6. Terrence says:

    All fine and well – he seems to be a likeable and agreeable guy but let’s get real – they have an army of Nannies and housekeepers and his wife has also stylists and wardrobe advisors so any real advice from these people has to be taken with more than one grain of salt

  7. Charlie says:

    ““I think that having a celebrity as president who has a star on Hollywood Boulevard will exorcise our need to have someone famous in office,” Clooney said about Donald Trump.”

    Ronald Reagan has a star on the Walk of Fame, too. He got it 1960 for television, just like Donald Trump in 2007.

    So, Trump is NOT the first ‘celebrity president’.

    And Ronald Reagan is still one of the most popular former US presidents.

    If George thinks he has ‘the right stuff’, he should try.

  8. Me says:

    The only “Humanitarian” work is that which works in their favor. These two have been involved with the NeoNazi coup in the Ukraine, the Awan Pakistani spy ring, and almost everyone of Amal’s major cases (which she only got after she changed her named) are tied to the Magnitsky Act used to help take out Trump. Undermine democracy is what they do. Make policy? Clooney wouldn’t know how any US policy is made if it were an open book test. He’s the one who said “there’s no debating a law”…what? https://rednationrising.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/clooney-collusion/

  9. Cheryl McBee says:

    I would love Clooney to run for office. I’d love to see him in a fair debate with – just about anyone- especially Trump if he made it that far,

  10. Cecil B da Mill says:

    Great humanitarian work. Bull crap Clooney’s wife is Muslim which at anytime of day is committing an atrocities somewhere in the world. And then there’s that slave thing. In over ten countries around the world black slaves are owed by Muslims- not a word, not a sound from MSM. No business acumen, no military background and no practical living experience, he’s got nothing just like the res, Ed Asner, Martin Scheen- nothing, its no wonder they worship the King of zero practical experience- the Kenyan, who should thank everyday is is not behind bars.

    • The Truth says:

      What a doofus comment. It’s not a crime in America to be a Muslim, and Amal Clooney has done more in support of human rights than anything you and almost everyone else even thought about doing. Furthermore, George Clooney is a very successful business man. He and his two partners just sold their Casamigos tequila brand for $700 million up front plus a potential additional $300 million based on sales performance. He is also a successful producer, director, and actor, as well as a committed philanthropist. By contrast, Trump has filed for bankruptcy four times, has consistently stiffed his business associates and customers, and has a disgraceful philanthropy record generally devoid of any personal contributions. It’s obvious to any intelligent person that the bull crap in this scenario is all Trump.

  11. Frank Russell says:

    Clooney is just an amazing douchebag. He excels at PC far left idiocy. But he’s lived his life in La La Land oblivion and his buys the Kool-Aid by the gallon. You don’t get much further out of touch with America than you do these limousine liberals flying around in private jets telling YOU how to live and cut your carbon footprint. What absolute hypocrisy.

    God Bless America.

  12. cowgirldiva says:

    Hollyweirds should stick to what they know best…PRETENDING…!!

  13. Clooney does some great humanitarian work as does his wife…I am grateful for that commitment. And, to changing diapers!

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