George Clooney returns as producer, director and writer to live the life of Democratic Governor Mike Morris, who is gearing up for the Ohio primary elections, in Ides of March.
A win here would book him a place in the White House. Clooney, as a Democrat, had campaigned for Barack Obama in the 2008 elections and admits that he’s seen deals being fixed all the time. “Ninety five per cent of those who win elections are the ones with the money, and a scandal is not uncommon,” he sighs, pointing out that Obama brought with him a wave of hope and suddenly a film about corruption at the heart of political ambition didn’t make sense anymore. “So we let a year and a few months pass and soon people started disliking the politicians again. And the time was right for Ides Of March.”Prod him on whether he’ll back Obama when he seeks re-election or enters politics, setting himself up as a presidential candidate, and the Hollywood star insists there’s little likelihood of the latter happening: "Politicians are much smarter and it’s nicer where I am. My father ran for Congress, my grandfather was a mayor and politics runs in the family. But I’ve seen some of the bad parts of it too. Let me tell you a poliical office is not much fun."
So how much like Morris is Clooney? “Well, Morris is determined, smart, popular and in his heart, wants to do good. We can confidently draw some similarity there,” says Clooney but adds that his latest on-screen avatar also falters and pays some people a lot of money to keep him clean. “I can afford to look a little dirty because I know my actions will not have a profound effect on people like perhaps Morris’s would.”
Producer, director, scriptwriter, actor... How difficult is it juggling the four roles? That draws an amused response, “Well, it is pretty much the same guy. Same hair, same body, same face… More roles to play means more involvement and as a director, I get the cast I want. That makes a lot of things easy.”
A number of Hollywood biggies including James Cameron, Hugh Jackman and now Tom Cruise are visiting India. Clooney was in Delhi a few years back. Any plans of coming back? “The people were warm and hospitable,” he reminisces. “I interacted with the officials at the Defense Ministry, under a UN peacekeeping assignment.
I really enjoyed my stay in your capital city and would love to visit again but I’m not sure if I’m coming back soon.”
People magazine voted him the Sexiest Man Alive. Who according to Clooney is the Sexiest Woman Alive and why? He chooses to be politically correct: “They are all smashing. I cannot pick, that’ll be criminal!”