Sunday 25 February 2018

'There's not going to be any President Trump' - George Clooney

Cast members Julia Roberts, George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin pose on the red carpet
Cast members Julia Roberts, George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin pose on the red carpet
George Clooney. Photo: AFP/Getty

Jake Coyle in Cannes

George Clooney has vowed that Donald Trump will not be elected president, promising that "fear is not going to be something that drives" the United States.

Clooney spoke to reporters at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, where he stars in Jodie Foster's hostage thriller 'Money Monster'. Clooney, a prominent fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, insisted Trump will not win.

"There's not going to be a President Donald Trump," Clooney said. "That's not going to happen. 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."

Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, last month hosted a pair of events in Los Angeles and San Francisco that raised millions for Clinton.

The actor said Trump was the product of the collision of news and entertainment depicted in 'Money Monster'. In it, Clooney plays a Jim Cramer-like financial guru taken hostage live on the air by a distraught investor (Jack O'Connell). Julia Roberts co-stars as the programme's producer.

"Trump is actually a result in many ways of the fact that much of the news programmes didn't follow up and ask tough questions," said Clooney.

"Twenty-four-hour news doesn't mean you get more news, it means you get the same news more," he continued. "More and more and more you hear these guys, their ratings go up because they can show an empty podium saying 'Donald Trump is about to speak,' as opposed to taking those 30 seconds and saying, 'Well, let's talk about refugees,' which is the biggest crisis going on in the world right now."

For the 55-year-old Clooney, television news has been a lifelong theme. His father, Nick Clooney, was a journalist and distinguished local news anchor. Clooney's second film as a director was 2005's 'Good Night, and Good Luck', his black-and-white Edward R Murrow drama about the halcyon days of television news.

Foster's fourth film debuted in Cannes yesterday ahead of its North American release today. Critics greeted it with lukewarm reviews, though the film has drawn praise for being a rare commodity: an adult thriller with some meaning.

"This movie is talking about one of the things that I think is a great disaster in the way we inform ourselves right now," said Clooney. "We've lost the ability to get to and tell the truth and get to the facts."

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has softened his stance on the most controversial proposal of the 2016 election campaign, saying his call to ban Muslims from entering the US was "just a suggestion".

Speaking to Fox News, he said: "It hasn't been called for yet. Nobody's done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what's going on." The ban was only supposed to be temporary, he said in a separate television interview with Fox News. "We have to be vigilant. There is a radical Islamic terrorism problem that our president doesn't even want to talk about."

He pointed to examples of terrorism in Paris, San Bernardino in California, the 9/11 attacks, and "the other night in Germany", referring to a German citizen who ran amok near Munich, stabbing four people. But authorities have said the man had no terrorist links.

Irish Independent

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