George Clooney is currently at the 69th Cannes Film Festival to support Money Monster, a film in which he plays a Jim Cramer-like character who is taken hostage by an Average Joe who lost all his money to one of the host’s hot stock tips. The film plays on the fears of middle- and lower-class investors who put their trust in investment gurus to make them a little more money with what little they have and not, you know, lose it all and drive them into poverty. It’s a valid story for today, 10 years ago, and probably 10 years from now.
Of course, as someone who is very openly pulling for Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination for president and ultimately the White House, Clooney can’t answer two questions about his latest film before someone wants to know his thoughts on politics. In this case, he was asked if his movie is possibly “a harbinger of things to come under President Trump,” according to Deadline, and that got Danny Ocean to once again share his true feelings on the GOP’s steamroller nominee.
“Let’s start much simpler. There is not gonna be a President Donald Trump. It’s not gonna happen,” Clooney said. “Fear is not going to be something that drives our country. We’re not going to [be] scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We’re not actually afraid of anything so we are not going to use fear. It’s not going to be an issue. I think if you are asking if it’s a harbinger, I think that has sort of landed in a way. Trump is actually a result in many ways of the fact that much of the news programs didn’t follow up and ask tough questions. That’s the truth. It’s really easy because your numbers go up.”
If Money Monster offers anything, Clooney added, it is the revelation that the 24-hour cable-news cycle has ruined our ability to simply receive the facts, as opposed to the same news being recycled over and over in new packaging to make it seem more exciting or even slightly different. Additionally, in regard to his character in Money Monster, Clooney said people are simply used to “some schmuck” on TV telling us what to do with our money that most people don’t even second-guess the advice.
And perhaps if we listened to some schmuck in a movie, maybe we’d all own two Italian villas.