George Clooney on Donald Trump: "Anyone Who Says Intolerant Words Should Be Laughed at"
The 'Our Brand is Crisis' producer added Trump's 2016 Republican presidential bid will help drive box office for the Warner Bros. release on Oct. 30.
Hollywood star George Clooney on Saturday said history won't be kind to Donald Trump and his outlandish 2016 Republican presidential campaign antics.
"Anyone who says intolerant words should be laughed at, and I think that's what history will do," Clooney told the Our Brand is Crisis press conference at the Toronto Film Festival. At the same time, Clooney, who is producing the Sandra Bullock-starring political drama, said he expects the upcoming Warner Bros. release to get a Trump bump, much as the celebrity politician is proving a TV ratings driver.
"Who'd have thought Donald Trump would be at 30 percent. And that will end up working out well for the film," he said. But Clooney added he wasn't looking to make a political statement with Our Brand is Crisis, which had its world premiere in Toronto on Friday night.
The David Gordon Green film is based on the 2005 documentary Our Brand is Crisis, which exposed American political campaign marketing practices and their negative consequences. "We weren’t looking at this as strictly politics. We're looking at this as a look into the human condition," he said.
Our Brand is Crisis lead Bullock, who plays political consultant "calamity" Jane Bodine in the movie, told the presser the movie didn't need to tailor its drama to fit the current political climate. "We didn't have to alter the story for the climate. That's the way it's always been," she said.
Bullock and pal Clooney also lightened the politically-themed presser with comic banter. "We all know it’s Miss Congeniality," Clooney said when asked what classic Bullock role he'd play on screen.
For her part, Bullock said she was happy to cry-on-command in Our Brand is Crisis to underline electoral manipulation by politicians and the election campaign process. "If we need to manipulate the public by crying, I'll do it. George cries all the time," she joked.
"A career-ender, right there," Clooney shrugged. Green directed the Peter Straughan-written feature, which also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Zoe Kazan and Anthony Mackie. Warner Bros. will release Our Brand is Crisis on Oct. 30.