George Clooney: Trump proves 'just being a celebrity' is not enough to lead country
George Clooney doesn’t think Donald Trump will lead to a rash of celebrity presidents in the future.
“People are looking for voices and they’re looking for passion. They’ll look toward anything that resembles that,” Clooney told Entertainment Weekly, PEOPLE, and InStyle on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I think the current president is proving that just simply being a celebrity is not the best version for being president.”
Clooney has often been discussed as a possible political candidate. But the actor has batted away the idea that he will run for office in the future.
“The reality is there are many more people who are much better qualified than me,” he said at a press event last week. “I think the reason people talk about is that our bench [in the Democratic party] doesn’t seem very good right now, it doesn’t seem very exciting. By this time eight years ago we had already heard Obama give a speech at the convention and there was something going on. But right now nobody really sees anybody out there, so that’s when The Rock or whoever comes into play. For me, I will support whomever I can by doing fundraisers or whatever and helping in ways I’m probably better at than in making policies… I say just try to find a candidate that excites you, and it shouldn’t be me.”
Clooney’s new film, Suburbicon, stars Matt Damon as a 1950s father who becomes embroiled in an insurance fraud scam — all while his new neighbors, an African-American family, are harassed by the community’s racist citizens.
“When we started working on the film, it really wasn’t about race relations,” Clooney said Sunday. “But unfortunately these eruptions continue to happen in the United States because we haven’t exorcised ourselves of our original sin.”
Previously, Clooney explained how Trump’s win changed the film — necessitating Josh Brolin’s part be cut from the project entirely.
“While we were shooting, Trump got elected, so it sort of changed the temperature of everything. The goofy seemed too goofy,” Clooney said last week. “Josh had done some really funny scenes and, in the process, it became really apparent that it was not going to fit this film anymore. Things were darker and angrier. He was playing the baseball coach, and he was absolutely batshit crazy, you know, he teaches all the kids how to say ‘f—‘ really great, but I had to call him and tell him he’s cut out.”
Suburbicon is out Oct. 27.