In a recent interview with the Associated Press, actor George Clooney opened up about his upcoming movie Suburbicon, about a bunch of racist white people living in a 1950's suburb that is supposed to mirror the Trump era.
“I last week screened it for my good friend Norman Lear. When it was over, he looked over and said, ’This is the angriest film I’ve ever seen,’” said Clooney. “It’s a pretty angry film. There’s a lot of anger out there. I think that’s reflected in the film.
“The main idea of the film was to pick some fights and I always like picking fights.”
He then parallleled the movie with the Trump era.
“I found it interesting to talk about building walls and scapegoating minorities,” said Clooney. “I think that’s always an interesting topic but particularly when I was hearing these conversations on the campaign trail. I thought: It’s always good to look back and remember that nothing really is new and every time we’re shocked, we forget that we’ve had this behavior time and time and time again.”
Clooney and his wife Amal recently gave a $1 million grant, through their Clooney Foundation, to the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups in reaction to Charlottesville.
“It becomes increasingly clear how in over his head and incapable this man is of being president of the United States,” said Clooney. “The good news is that our other institutions — meaning press, finally, and judges and senators — have proven that the country works. There is a check and balance.”
He has decided to quit acting for a while and focus on directing.
“I’m in an interesting place in my life. I’m acting almost never — for a lot of reasons, mostly because I don’t have any great interest in it and haven’t read anything (good enough),” he says. “If somebody showed up with ‘The Verdict,’ I’d jump but it’s not all that often you get ‘Michael Clayton’ kind of scripts. And if you’re not going to get those, there’s no real point at this point in my career.”
“They still let me do what I want to do,” Clooney adds. “As long as that’s the case, then I’m going to keep doing it. For me, you’ve got to keep pushing the envelope until they take everything away — which they eventually do with everybody.”