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Me for president? Not a chance, says Clooney

HOLLYWOOD star George Clooney may have an interest in politics, both on-screen and off, but public office is one role he'd never take on.

"It would never be something I'm interested in. I'm not good at the kind of compromises that you have to make to get elected," said the ever-dapper star at the premiere of his latest political thriller, The Ides of March, in New York yesterday.

Clooney's father Nick's unsuccessful run for Kentucky's 4th Congressional District in 2004 may have left a sour taste in his mouth. "I watched that happen and I watched how frustrating it was for him and I didn't enjoy it," he said. But it's the current political climate that keeps him from throwing his hat into the ring. "It's still the most polarised time we've seen in a long time. And very caring, smart people on both sides of the aisle, you could argue, are having a very difficult time getting anything done," said the 50-year-old Oscar winner.

Clooney, who directed, co-wrote, produced and starred in the film, which opens tomorrow, has no regrets about his chosen career path: "I got the better gig. I got a nice house, life is good," he said with a laugh.

In the film, Clooney's presidential hopeful, Pennsylvania governor Mike Morris faces a tragic sex scandal, compromising backroom deals, political backstabbing and blackmail.

But the liberal Democrat says he's more hopeful than he presents in Ides, his fifth stint in the director's chair.