How the 2016 Election Inspired George Clooney to Make ‘Suburbicon’

George Clooney said the 2016 presidential election inspired him to update a Coen brothers script and create his new film “Suburbicon.”

“I’d been hearing a lot of things on the campaign trail about scapegoating Mexicans and Muslims … and I was looking back at times in our country when we did this,” Clooney said. “Because this isn’t something new.”

He added, “I thought it would be an interesting thing to talk about this very screwed up white family in this very screwed up white neighborhood in a time when we thought of as sort of perfect. It was a perfect world if you were a white, straight male. Otherwise it probably wasn’t.”

Clooney and Julianne Moore talked about “Suburbicon,” why Idris Elba should be the next James Bond, and much more in the Variety Studio Presented by AT&T at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday.


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  1. Donna says:

    A dysfunctional movie at best!

  2. John Miller says:

    If George wanted to do something useful, he would take in the refugees that he wants the rest of the world to take in and pay for.

  3. sitiu102 says:

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle Full Movie

  4. Ellie says:

    Thank you, Mr. Clooney, for reaching into our past to point out how racist and unfeeling Anericans of today are.

    Perhaps, for your next film, you could move outside your comfort zone. I suggest visiting one of the poor towns in Northern England where 1 in 200 residents is an asylum seeker. Maybe you could write a script from the viewpoint of a middle class or lower middle class British citizen who isn’t Islamaphobic. Nevertheless, the citizen wonders how his/her town – that already has high unemployment, long lines for health care and overburdened schools – can cope with more folks; especially since many of the new residents don’t have readily transferable work skills and many of them and their children don’t speak English.

    Unfortunately, that resident has to cope with the situation on a daily basis. He/she can’t donate a million dollars to refugee relief, and then live on one of his/her large gated estates, and occasionally break the monotony by jetting off to an exotic locale with his/her beautiful/handsome spouse, their children and their nannies.

    • millerfilm says:

      Why don’t you take in these people yourself? Instead, you want everyone else to do it for you.

      • Ellie says:

        You have not the slightest idea what I do or don’t do when it comes to the refugee problem. Plus, your comment makes no sense. In what way does what I wrote indicate that I don’t do my share, and/or am asking anyone else to do something for me? However, I understand why you would rather attack me than respond to my suggestion.

        Have a good day. I will not be returning to read or respond to comments by those who attack rather than discuss.

  5. Owner says:

    In other news Clooney is moving back to Los Angeles from his London Palace becasue homeless muslims scare his wife, but poor people can fgo fuck themselves and deal with it. HA HA HA!

  6. Spike says:

    i watched the smarmy video and the two of these people look like simpering whiny twits.