Hollywood’s hottest bachelor, George Clooney, prefers to keep his distance from the world. "I don’t want people to bond (with me). Everybody should do his or her own thing (whether on a movie set or off it)," he says.
Once divorced and vowed never to marry again, Clooney, 50, recently split with longtime girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. But, one look at him, and you know he’s unfazed by that too. "You know there’s a thing called tequilaaaa (sic)," he winks, as he talks about the single life.
In an exclusive interview to HT City on the sidelines of an event in Cancun, Mexico, the actor sounded all excited about his fourth directorial venture, The Ides of March. A small-budget political thriller, the film is not likely to go out to markets such as India, but he’s okay with not being commercial.
"I keep pushing the envelope. I keep making the films I want to make," he says. The Oscar-winning actor, who has blockbusters such as Ocean’s Eleven and Batman & Robin to his credit, says, "I want to write and direct as I grow older and see less of myself onscreen."
A keen political activist, Clooney says politics has always been a part of his household. "My father ran for Congress. He is a very honourable guy. I’ve seen things he didn’t want to do. It’s very hard not to lose your soul in politics," he adds. Does that mean he’d never sign up for office? "Doesn’t it look like fun if President Obama is doing it? No, I’ve never wanted to do that. It’s very hard to really take on a side, which is right. I was not even the president of my class. I was the president of the science club though."
Clooney, who plays a US presidential candidate in the movie, has advice for politicians. "Don’t sleep with the intern, don’t touch the intern, stay off Twitter and don’t click any of your body parts," he says, laughing at his sly reference to the recent scandal involving ex-US congressman Anthony Weiner.
As we wind up, Clooney’s back to being goofy. As he reaches for a bottle of water, he cracks up while drinking. "And that is a bottle of Vodka!"