George Clooney Reveals What Obama Texts Him
In The Hollywood Reporter's cover story, the director of upcoming film 'Suburbicon' gives a peek inside his friendship with the former commander-in-chief.
What do an Oscar-winning actor and the former leader of the free world talk about?
In The Hollywood Reporter's cover story, George Clooney revealed that he and former President Barack Obama text on a regular basis. The two have what executive editor Stephen Galloway describes as a "jocular relationship that at times teeters into the risque."
In one text, Obama teases Clooney: "What a jerk!"
Clooney, who directs the upcoming film Suburbicon, also admitted that he's gotten racy with Obama.
"Sometimes, sure," he said. "A little bit. Not Scaramucci-racy, but … you know, I have over the years with my friends said a lot of really [outrageous things]. I've had an email exchange with Sacha Baron Cohen that's some of the filthiest stuff, honestly. Amal will be on the chain and she'll be upstairs and I'll hear her scream, 'No!' because it's just foul, and you think, 'Well, that would probably not be great if it came out.'"
Obama also spent a night at Clooney's home in Sonning, England, in early June (along with a squadron of Secret Service), remaining for a five-hour meal, bantering and playing hoops.
"I shot the lights out that day," Clooney said, smiling. "I think it really bothered him."
As for the current commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump, Clooney isn't a fan. He met the real estate mogul once, years ago, while dining in a restaurant in New York.
"He came in and we talked for a while," Clooney said. "I'd had neck surgery, and he said, 'I'll give you the name of a doctor,' and he wrote me a couple of times with the name. Then he went on Larry King Live and told him I was very short. I'm 5-foot-11 — I'm not the tallest actor in the world, but I'm not short. That made me laugh."
Clooney, who hasn't appeared onscreen since 2016's Money Monster, is a bit hesitant when asked if he has political ambitions of his own.
"I'd like to not think I would be in politics," he said of what's next for him, perhaps somewhat unconvincingly. "I'd like to think that would make my life miserable. I don't really think about that. But I do think you always have to participate, in your town and your country and the world."
For now, Clooney is promoting his new film, Suburbicon, a drama set in the late 1950s that he directed and co-wrote with Grant Heslov starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. The Paramount release debuted Saturday at the Venice Film Festival.
Read more about Clooney in THR's cover story.