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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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