We got George Clooney covering the new issue of Esquire, and honestly, he’s got a lot of war stories and does pretty well in the long-form conversational interview format. So, if you wanna read a generally interesting interview by a classic A lister, you can read the full piece here. It starts out with Clooney admitting that he slipped a disc the previous day and he had to get an epidural in his spine the morning of the interview. GUYS, he’s OLD! He’s 54, and while he’s still sexy as hell, it shows! Here are some highlights from the Esquire interview:
Why he likes Hillary Clinton: “I was a big supporter of Barack Obama in 2008. When I came back from Darfur when she was secretary of state, I would have thought she would have been a little ticked off to meet with me. And she wasn’t… When I walked out of that room, I was very, very, very glad that she was secretary of state and that she was an informed, responsible, smart person. I don’t think she’s nearly as good a campaigner as she would be a leader.”
Whether Obama is funny: “Deeply funny. He gets the joke. He’s called me a couple of times after I’ve gotten in an argument with somebody about him. And he’s like, “What are you doing fighting with that guy?” That kind of stuff has been very funny…. The truth of the matter is, in my lifetime certainly there’s never been a president who’s been up against so much obstructionism. There just hasn’t been. Period. I don’t give a sh-t what anybody says. Yet he’s managed to do an awful lot of things, and he’s had to do it with a sense of humor that I wouldn’t have kept. At some point, I would’ve said, “You know what, boys? Why don’t we step outside?”
The issue with Donald Trump: “A Danish reporter asked me, “What’s going on with Donald Trump?” And I said, “Well, what’s going on with you? You guys just passed a new law says that you’re going to take the belongings off of every refugee that comes in to pay for them coming in, which sounds an awful lot like 1938, ’39 in Germany.” But how am I to defend us when the only voice that’s coming out from across the sea is banning Muslims? That’s the problem with what’s going on. It’s not that it’s gonna happen; it’s that we’re broadcasting this to the rest of the world.”
He’s not really retiring from acting: “The reality is what I was talking about was the kind of parts that I was doing I’m not going to be doing anymore. Paul Newman did it best. He was a movie star, he was a leading man, and then he was like, Now I’m a character actor… I’m much more interested in doing films where the role makes sense for me. I’m not gonna be carrying movies the way I did before. There are actors you’ll see that try to hold on to this leading-man status long past the due date.”
On Amal: “Oftentimes, I feel like an idiot talking to my own wife.”
What else does he want? “So I made money. I was broke, but I made my money. I’ve never been happier in a relationship by any stretch of the imagination. At 52 I found the love of my life and I’m really happy. I enjoy the work that I’ve been lucky enough to do and I wanna keep doing it. I want to remain creative and be able to stay creative as long as they’ll let me. So I wanna do that. But as I’ve gotten older and as I’ve gotten more secure in my life, there are a lot of other things that I care about more, which is: the people who don’t have the luck that I have. There’s a lot of people out there who could use some luck. There’s a lot of people in this country, but there’s an awful lot of people in this world that could use some luck. And sometimes luck is just shedding the spotlight on the fact that their lives are hell.”
Though it’s sometimes a little corny, I love that he makes time to really tell people how he feels, politically. He’s a liberal through and through, and while that’s not necessarily “BRAVE,” I find it admirable that he’s so able to talk about it and how passionately he feels about it.
And the Amal stuff? Brills.