George Clooney Talks About Delaying 'The Ides of March'

2:06 PM PST 07/26/2011 by Lauren Schutte

The actor/director/writer waited two years to film his political his political thriller.

George Clooney knows a thing or two about timing. 

The actor/director/writer's new political drama, The Ides of March -- an adaptation of the stage play about a presidential candidate on the campaign trail -- is set to premiere at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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But he recently revealed to USA Today that it's release is coming two years later than originally planned. .

His reason? Clooney felt that the national mood was too hopeful during the political election in 2008 for him to make a "cynical political movie." So, he tabled the script to wait for a more appropriate time ... which is now. "The cynicism seems to have come back," he said.

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The Oscar-nominated director also revealed his reasoning for making the film's main character  (who he plays), Governor Mike Morris, a Democrat to bypass any claims that the film had a personal agenda.

And, so far, his politically-ambiguous ambitions have been successful. “Republicans hate the beginning of the movie, the Democrats hate the end,” Clooney has said of screening the film to both sides of the political spectrum. “So we’re good.”

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The Ides of March , which also stars Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood, is set for wide release October 7. 

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