A brief history of George Clooney trashing Steve Bannon
Don’t expect George Clooney and Steve Bannon to exchange holiday cards this year.
Over the last few days, Clooney has blasted the former White House advisor in interviews, mocking Bannon for his past Hollywood failures and using increasingly profane words to describe the controversial figure.
Ahead, a brief history of all the times Clooney has trashed Bannon in the press this year.
Speaking to Canal+, Clooney called Bannon “a failed film writer and director,” citing Bannon’s derided screenplay for a hip-hop musical based on Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and set during the 1992 L.A. riots. “That’s the truth, that’s what he’s done,” Clooney said before calling Bannon, who has derided the so-called “leftist elites” in the past, “elitist Hollywood.” Said Clooney: “I mean, that’s the reality.”
Sept. 8, 2017
During a roundtable interview at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8, Clooney unloaded on Bannon, taking his initial remarks from February even further. “I like picking fights. I like that Breitbart News wants to have my head. I’d be ashamed 10 years from now if those weaselly little putzes, whose voices are getting a lot higher every week as this presidency starts to look worse and worse weren’t still [after me],” Clooney said. “Steve Bannon is a failed f—ing screenwriter, and if you’ve ever read [his] screenplay, it’s unbelievable. Now, if he’d somehow managed miraculously to get that thing produced, he’d still be in Hollywood, still making movies and licking my ass to get me to do one of his stupid-ass screenplays.”
Sept. 9, 2017
In an interview with Vanity Fair on Sept. 9, Clooney again blasted Bannon for his hip-hop script. “Steve Bannon… here’s my favorite. This guy: here’s a schmuck who literally tried everything he could to sell scripts in Hollywood. He wrote — you guys have to go online and read this script. It’s like a rap Shakespearean thing about the L.A. riots. It’s the worst script you’ve ever read. But he was trying to get it made in Hollywood. And had he, he would still be in Hollywood making movies and kissing my ass to make one of his films. That’s who he is.”
That same day, Clooney upped his attacks on Bannon, calling him a “p—y” in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“Steve Bannon is a p—y,” Clooney said. “Steve Bannon is a little wannabe writer who would do anything in the world to have had a script made in Hollywood. He wrote one of the worst scripts I’ve ever read — and I’ve read it. His fake Shakespeare-rap script about the L.A. riots. Oh, you’ve gotta read it! It’s just f—ing terrible.” Clooney added, “Here’s the truth: if Steve Bannon had Hollywood say, ‘Oh, this is really great, and a really good script,’ and had they made his movie, he’d still be in Hollywood writing his f—ing movies and kissing my ass to be in one of his f—ing films! That’s who he is. That’s the reality.”
Clooney is currently doing press for his new film, Suburbicon, which is out in October. Bannon will make his first television appearance since being ousted from the White House on Sunday’s 60 Minutes.