The buzz around Suburbicon, the latest directorial effort from George Clooney pulled from an older script by the Coen Brothers, is pretty high coming out of the Venice Film Festival. It’s gaining comparisons to Hitchcock and even some of the older Coen Brothers films like Fargo, but some of the commentary seems to gravitate to just how applicable the film seems to be to the current events we’re seeing today. Clooney and star Matt Damon are both fairly critical of the current president, but they make it clear that this is not a Trump film.
But while discussing this during the press conference for Suburbicon at the festival, Clooney gets hit with a question he’s heard before and gives a different answer than just “no” according to Variety:
“Would I like to be the next president? Oh, that sounds like fun,” he said. At which point Matt Damon, who stars in the film, interjected: “Can I just say that I’d like anybody to be the next president of the United States. Right away, please!”
Clooney has not hidden his disdain for political life in the past, of course. Variety points out that when he was asked in 2015, he bluntly said no and added, “I’m friends with a lot of those guys and I just think it’s hell.” Whether the humor shows a change of heart or if it has something to do with Trump, it at least seems like people are not going to stop asking Clooney if he’s willing to take on the office. If we can someday turn the presidential race into something similar to 2003 California recall election, we might actually enjoy the election. If it’s going to be a circus, we can at least get a few actual clowns in there for entertainment purposes.
Of course, Clooney isn’t a clown. He’s just pretty entertaining.