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George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

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George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by party animal - not! on Sat Oct 17 2015, 19:14

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George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

The Oscar-winning actor/filmmaker/humanitarian/charmer has long been rumored to be eyeing political office. It’s not happening, says Clooney.

Fans and pop stars alike have long pictured him in the Oval Office. After he married UN lawyer Amal Alamuddin last fall, bookies doubled the odds that he’d make his bid for the presidency any day. But despite years of whispers to the contrary, Oscar-winner George Clooney—America’s favorite twinkly-eyed gentleman movie star, Hollywood’s preeminent humanitarian—set the record straight on his political aspirations while promoting his latest politically-charged film, Our Brand Is Crisis.  

Asked whether he’d ever run for office during a press conference in Beverly Hills, Clooney laughed. “I’ve been asked that for almost 20 years now and the answer is just, no,” said Clooney, who produced the campaign satire about the damning role American political consultants played in the 2002 Bolivian election. “Who would ever want to live like that?”

Forget paparazzi and tabloid hounds; the politician’s life, lamented one of the world’s most famous stars, sounds way too rough.

“I’m friends with a lot of those guys and I just think it’s hell,” he said. “I commend people who go into public service because it’s such a horrible way to get elected, it’s such a horrible time while you’re in office, it’s more polarized now than arguably since the Civil War in many ways, and I think people will argue over things that they believed in 6 years ago or 8 years ago because it’s not their guy saying it.”

“So, no, I wouldn’t want to be in politics. I have no interest in it… I have every interest in being involved from the outside and trying to get things done that are important to me.”

Among those causes important to Clooney is Darfur, for which he’s addressed the United Nations, made the documentaries Journey to Darfur and Sand and Sorrow, and formed the advocacy organization Not On Our Watch with humanitarian pals Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and the late Jerry Weintraub. His activism in the name of human rights in Sudan famously got him arrested in 2012. The UN designated him a Messenger Of Peace, which sounds just about tantamount to receiving angel status on earth.

Maybe Clooney will change his mind by the year 2020, when he might run against (or… alongside?) early bird candidate Kanye West. Or during the next cycle, when just-announced presidential hopeful Lindsay Lohan will actually meet the minimum age requirement to deliver on the hashtag promise of #lindsaylohan2020.

The son of newsman and journalist Nick Clooney, the Syriana Oscar-winner watched his dad run for Congress in 2004, repping Kentucky’s fourth district. The elder Clooney lost by a 10 percent margin. The next year George Clooney nabbed a Best Director Oscar nomination for his McCarthy-era political drama Good Night, and Good Luck.

Clooney said his personal political agenda started at a young age as a result of several tumultuous events that rocked America. “We grew up in a time where you had the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-Vietnam movement, the drug culture, the counter culture, the assassinations,” he recalled. “All of us were [politically involved], it was just part of your DNA.”

In Our Brand Is Crisis, Clooney’s Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock plays “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a volatile consultant brought in at the eleventh hour to help an unlikeable Bolivian presidential candidate turn his campaign around. “Who could use the fictional Bodine’s help more, Hillary or Trump?” Bullock was asked. “They’re actually doing really well on their own,” she answered diplomatically.

Onscreen, Billy Bob Thornton plays Bullock’s nemesis Pat Candy, a bald, coolly composed master strategist based on James Carville.

Carville was officially uninvolved in the David Gordon Green-directed adaptation. But Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov flashed back over a decade to the day they witnessed the madness of the political machine up close and personal while working with Carville and Mary Matalin on the short-lived HBO political series K Street, which featured the real-life consultant couple.

“We basically, for 14 weeks, shared an office with Mary Matalin and James Carville… Mary at the time was chief of staff for Dick Cheney,” said Clooney. “We were in the office when they came in and they taped up our computers for the Justice Department because of the Scooter Libby thing, so we were around watching really interesting things happen on the ground as they happened.

“It’s really funny to watch political operatives. It’s really interesting to watch that process, and the behind-the-scenes conversations,” he continued. “We take things much more personally than they do. These guys could work for other sides. And they do, often! I’ll get really angry at something that somebody says and a politician won’t get angry at all—it’s just part of the game that they play, then they go out and have a drink and laugh. So it’s so much more fun to watch how it works as an industry and see that it is an industry, that it isn’t just this passionate belief system.”


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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by party animal - not! on Sat Oct 17 2015, 21:13

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by Donnamarie on Sat Oct 17 2015, 21:52

Clever girl. That line would make a great t-shirt.


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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by LornaDoone on Sun Oct 18 2015, 01:05

Guess the press have nothing better to ask.

Asked whether he’d ever run for office during a press conference in Beverly Hills, Clooney laughed. “I’ve been asked that for almost 20 years now and the answer is just, no,” said Clooney,

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by melbert on Sun Oct 18 2015, 02:32

At least he's changed his answer from "went to too many parties, took too many drugs and fucked too many broads".

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by carolhathaway on Sun Oct 18 2015, 09:56

But I'm sure the medias will still go on with this story every time they run out if stories...
I mean, he always denied these notes - as he said for the last twenty years - and the medias still have these stories every time he makes a political note (or when his personal life changed).
Can't they find somebody else?

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by Donnamarie on Sun Oct 18 2015, 15:08

Unlike changing his mind about getting married which the media hounded him about for years I don't think he would ever seriously consider a change in his career.
And he's right about the state of our politics here. Knowing what he knows (and what his dad went through when he ran for office) George would be a masochist to pursue a political career.

But like the marriage question the media will continue to harp on him about getting into politics.

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by party animal - not! on Sun Oct 18 2015, 15:14

Bound to come up when you're promoting your film on a presidential campaign....

Bet he could have taken bets!

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by carolhathaway on Sun Oct 18 2015, 17:09

Donnamarie,
yes, you're right about him saying he won't marry again. But that's a decision on a personal level and not a career decision. And I'm sure all the other candidates would roast him on every mistake he ever made, every joke he made. He couldn't spend the whole summer in Italy and months in Britain as well, would be critizised for his lifestyle and Amal for the prizes of her clothes and for choosing non-american designers. She couldn't work anymore and would have to explain herself why she accepted certain clients.
I think to become a politician you really have to love power, if I look at the presidency of president Obama or our chancellor Merkel they really didn't have much fun. Just to speak for Germany, I think Merkel had the hardest time of all our chancellors. Honestly, I for hell wouldn't do it!

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Post by Joanna on Sun Oct 18 2015, 18:51

I just cant imagine George going into any
political life. No politician is liked or trusted
these days. So why would anyone think that
hed put himself out there into that cesspool ?

I imagine that he has a good satisfiing productive
life just the way it is.

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by LizzyNY on Sun Oct 18 2015, 21:15

scratch I don't know why people find it so hard to believe him when he says he's not interested in being a politician. A couple of quotes from him in The Daily Beast yesterday:

(Speaking about politicians) "Who would ever want to live like that? I'm friends with a lot of those guys and I think it's hell."

"I have every interest in being involved from the outside and trying to get things done that are important to me."

Commenting on what he learned about politics from working on K Street, he says that for political operatives it doesn't even matter which side they're working for - it's all a game to them. It was "fun" observing it as an industry, and he learned that " it is an industry, that it isn't just this passionate belief system."

Why would anyone with the life he has, knowing what he knows about the system and the election process, ever even consider getting involved in politics? He's a lot of things, but crazy isn't one of them! Smile

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by carolhathaway on Sun Oct 18 2015, 21:27

Lizzy,
couldn't agree more!

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Post by carolhathaway on Sun Oct 18 2015, 21:31

Pressed the 'Send'-button too fast.

I work for our local government and this, from the very first day, taught me, that I never want to be involved in local politics. It disillusioned me so fast, I can't tell you!

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun Oct 18 2015, 21:36

I totally agree Lizzy but the media will never stop asking him.  And the media has the bad habit of asking the same questions whenever they have the opportunity.  If they could articulate more creative and insightful questions maybe George wouldnt always give the same standard answers.

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by PigPen on Tue Oct 20 2015, 17:51

He's said he wouldn't run for President.  He has not  said he would not run for  any  Federal office.  After all, his dad did make a run for Congress.

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by PigPen on Tue Oct 20 2015, 17:52

melbert wrote:At least he's changed his answer from "went to too many parties, took too many drugs and fucked too many broads".
What American politician hasn't?????????????????????

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by LizzyNY on Tue Oct 20 2015, 18:53

PigPen - Hillary? Very Happy

Also, I think his dad's run for Congress turned him off to the whole thing. Of course he could change his mind, but I don't think so. It would be too limiting and he wouldn't be able to do all the things he wants to do  - in the movies and his humanitarian work. He'd have to give up too much.

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Post by annemarie on Tue Oct 20 2015, 20:14

Not to mention it interfering with his and Amals life together.

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Re: George Clooney on Why He’s Never Running For President: ‘Who Would Ever Want to Live Like That?’

Post by Alisonfan on Thu Oct 22 2015, 00:57

Yes yes life with love to be more important.At last nothing to live up to.Now normal Amal And George.Actor and lawyer.like Many in Hollywood.Nothing to see here!

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