George Clooney may have played a presidential candidate in his 2011 film ‘The Ides of March,’ but in real life, the Hollywood star says he has no intention of entering politics.
During a session at the 2022 HT Leadership Summit, the 61-year-old star said he was not qualified enough to “make decisions that affect people’s lives”.
“I think it’s a lot more fun to play this (US President) in movies…I believe there are some really smart people who should be the President of the United States. Who put in the time and effort to be able to make the decisions that I think I shouldn’t be making,” Clooney said.
“I don’t want to make decisions that affect people’s lives. There are some very important decisions to be made along the way. And I think those decisions should be made by people who have vast experience,” a- he added.
The double Oscar winner was in conversation with Indian cinema veteran Anil Kapoor.
Clooney is one of the few Hollywood stars to stay away from social media. The ‘Gravity’ star said keeping a distance from the internet helps her “sleep well at night.”
“I’m not on any social media (platforms) and it helps me sleep well at night… I don’t like looking at my phone all the time, texting people jokes. I don’t have no need for that kind of life.”
Last year, the actor revealed he had turned down a $35million offer for a day’s work for an airline ad. Kapoor questioned him on the reason for his decision, to which Clooney said the deal was more of an image fix for some people in prison.
“There’s a reason people want to pay a lot of money and it’s usually to launder. There were amazing people who were put in jail for tweeting something about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. And these guys were taking money from these same people, taking hundreds of millions of dollars to launder it. And I find that difficult to do,” he said.
The actor added that he didn’t want to sell his reputation and position for money.
“When your employer is the person who is also ruining the civil and human rights of the people, I have a hard time taking that money and using my reputation to try to clean up his. I feel like my reputation is worth more only that .”
Clooney said he also had a conversation with his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, before making the decision to reject the offer.
“My wife (Amal Clooney) and I had a long conversation about taking the money and putting it into a foundation just to do good… But there’s a price and for me that price doesn’t is not my reputation. What I believe in and what my parents taught me to be was really not for sale.”