Hollywood star George Clooney spoke, at the photocall and press conference Wednesday, of his disillusionment with the US political scene ahead of the premiere of his dark political thriller The Ides of March at the Venice film festival, the world’s oldest.
He told reporters ahead of a star-studded ceremony that filming was ready to begin in 2008 when Barack Obama won the US presidential election, but he was initially worried the climate of optimism was not right for his cynical tale.
“Everyone was in such a good mood! It only took about a year for that to all change,” he said. “At the moment, cynicism seems to be winning over idealism.”
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Clooney went on to say that, there is a guy in office who is smarter than anybody you know, nicer anyone you know, and he is having an impossible time. Why would anyone volunteer for that? I have a very nice life and have no interest in that.”