George Clooney 'not tempted' to flirt with politics

Thursday October 20, 2011

He plays a US presidential candidate in his latest film, The Ides Of March, but George Clooney won’t be heading to the White House in real life anytime soon.

As he worked the red carpet crowds and shook hands like a bonafide vote-winner at his UK premiere, the star had politics on his mind.

"Washington and Hollywood are both one-industry towns, so they are very similar in that way, there are sort of pecking orders" he said.

"Theatre actors look down on film acting and that kind of thing, and the same thing with senators and congressmen."

The actor, who also directed the film and co-wrote its screenplay, insisted he wasn't planning a career move, however.

"Is there anything tempting about (politics) if you were to look at it right now? Is there anything that would be tempting about it? Not for me."

Giving his statuesque girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, a night off from her recent red carpet duties, George was joined at Leicester Square's Odeon cinema by co-stars Evan Rachel Wood and Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Philip seemed confident that their film would resonate with film-goers in the UK.

"It's kind of a universal tale, there aren't any specifics in it - the idea of power and corruption and hiding secret" he said.

"I think that story's been told for hundreds, thousands of years,"  

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