LONDON (AP) – George Clooney on Sunday ruled out pursuing a second career in politics, saying he wants a “good life” and wants to reduce his workload.
Nevertheless, the 60-year-old actor and director stepped into politics during an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr. Clooney, a longtime supporter of US President Joe Biden, described America as a country that is still recovering from the damage caused by Donald Trump.
When asked if he had any intention of running for office, Clooney immediately dismissed the idea.
“No, because I really want to live a good life,” said Clooney, who appeared on the show to promote his new film, “The Tender Bar.”
Clooney said he plans to take on fewer projects while he is healthy and can still “play basketball and do the things he loves.”
“I turned 60 this year and I chatted with my wife and we were working a lot, as we both do, and I said we have to think of these as recent years,” he said. . “In 20 years, I’ll be 80 and that’s a real number. No matter how much you work, what you eat, you’re 80 and that’s why I said we have to make sure we Enjoy and live these years in the best possible way.”
George Clooney attends the US premiere of Hulu’s “Catch-22” at TCL Chinese Theater on May 7, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axel/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Clooney shrugged off concerns about Biden’s poor polling numbers, saying the president is still struggling with Trump’s legacy.
“It’s like taking a battered kid and thinking about everything going well on his first day at school,” Clooney said. “There’s a lot of things that have to be repaired, there’s a lot of healing that has to happen, and it’s going to take time.”
Clooney said Trump remains a factor in American politics, adding that he hopes Americans have a “slightly better sense” than backing him in the White House.
“It’s so funny, because he was just such a head,” said Clooney. “I knew him before he became president. He was just a guy chasing girls. Every time you would go out he would say, ‘What’s that girl’s name?’ That was all it was.”