President George Clooney?
Hollywood was abuzz with the idea Sunday after one of the world’s most famous actors and directors admitted the idea might sound “like fun.”
Politically active Clooney has been asked about the possibility in the past, but he has always publicly rejected the idea.
But his distaste for President Donald Trump has apparently increased.
“Would I like to be the next president?” Clooney responded to a reporter’s question with a question at the Venice Film Festival, according to Variety. “Oh, that sounds like fun.”
Clooney was in Venice to hype his new dark comedy, “Suburbicon.”
While Clooney might see himself in the White House, Matt Damon, who stars in Clooney’s new film, immediately chimed in with a plea to oust Trump in favor of anybody.
“Can I just say that I’d like anybody to be the next president of the United States. Right away, please.”
Variety noted that Clooney has always said “no” to a presidential run in the past. “Who would ever want to live like that?” the famed star was quoted as saying in 2015. “I’m friends with a lot of those guys and I just think it’s hell.”
Cloony, who has been a constant vocal critic of Trump, comes from a famed family that has nibbled at politics in the past.
Clooney’s father, Nick, remembered in Los Angeles for his stint as a good-looking, well-coiffed local TV anchor years ago, made a failed try for a Congressional seat in 2004 in Kentucky.
Until George came along, Nick’s sister Rosemary Clooney was the most famous family film star.
According to Variety, Clooney told reporters that Trump helped inspire the new “Suburbicon” film set in an imagined 1950s era in which a black family moves into a quiet suburb and is set upon by an angry mob.
“I was watching a lot of speeches on the campaign trial about building fences and scapeoating minorities and I started looking around at other times in our history when we’ve unfortunately fallen back into these things,” Clooney said of his reaction to the Trump presidential campaign.
“When you talk about ‘Making America Great Again,’ America being great, everyone assumed was the Eisenhower ’50s, and it was great if you were a white, straight male,” he said. “But other than that it probably wasn’t so great.”