George Clooney on U.S. Presidency: 'Why Would Anyone Volunteer for That Job?'

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The actor, who plays an idealistic presidential candidate in "The Ides of March," rules out the possibility of life imitating art.

George Clooney may delve into the world of politics for his upcoming drama The Ides of March, but the actor expresses very little interest in working for the actual U.S. Government.

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“Look, there’s a guy in office right now who is smarter than almost anyone you know, who’s nicer and who has more compassion that almost anyone you know. And he’s having an impossible time governing,” Clooney told reporters at the Venice Film Festival. “Why would anyone volunteer for that job?”
Clooney directs and stars in the film, which opened this year’s festival. Also starring Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film is a contender for the 2011 Golden Lion, set to be awarded on Sept. 10.

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“I have a really good job,” Clooney continued. “I get to hang out with very seductive people. So I have no interest.”
The Ides of March finds Clooney in the role of an idealistic presidential candidate caught up in scandal amid the final days of a Democratic presidential primary in Ohio. Gosling stars as his spirited press secretary, while Hoffman and Paul Giamatti face off as rival campaign managers.

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"Had writer/director George Clooney and his co-scripters Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon injected The Ides of March with the intimate political conviction that made Good Night, and Good Luck a critical standout and a frontrunner for liberal patrons, the exit polls would be more positive on this political thriller juggling idealism and corruption with fairly predictable results,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter film critic Deborah Young. “Not just its softer narrative and dingy Midwestern setting but its structural lack of heroics is likely to keep the popular vote down on “Ides,” which can in any case bank on tense pacing and a superb cast, led by a ruthlessly idealistic Ryan Gosling, to win festival votes beginning with its Venice bow.”

Columbia Pictures acquired the film’s U.S. Distribution rights, and have set an Oct. 7th release date.