Newspaper article The Canadian Press

George Clooney Says 'Suburbicon' Comes at a 'Frustrating Time' for the U.S

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

George Clooney Says 'Suburbicon' Comes at a 'Frustrating Time' for the U.S

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George Clooney on 'Suburbicon' and Trump


TORONTO - As George Clooney unveils his new film "Suburbicon," about racial tensions in an American town in 1950, he says he feels a great sense of frustration and shame that the subject matter is so timely and that the U.S. is in a state of political upheaval.

Now screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the dark satire stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac in a tale of a home invasion that unfolds alongside a white town's vicious attack on an innocent black family that just moved into the neighbourhood.

Clooney directed the dark satire and co-wrote it with Grant Heslov and the Coen brothers.

The film that's due in theatres Oct. 27 feels eerily reminiscent of last month's deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., to which U.S. President Donald Trump responded that "both sides" were to blame.

"It's a frustrating time and I feel as if everyone, even the people on (Trump's) side, feel that there's this black cloud hanging over all of us, mostly shame," Clooney told a group of journalists Friday evening in an interview at TIFF.

"I'm ashamed of us for electing this man and I'm ashamed of the things I hear coming out of his mouth. And I can't believe that this is the same White House that had Washington and Jefferson and Kennedy and FDR and Barack Obama. I can't believe it. I'm so ashamed of it."

Clooney said he welcomes accusations of Hollywood liberalism, noting he was raised a liberal growing up in Lexington, Ky. -- not Los Angeles.

"I like picking fights," said the two-time Oscar-winning actor, producer, writer, and director, whose other filmmaking credits include "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "The Ides of March."

"I think you really aren't engaged if you're not in it and picking some fights. I like that Breitbart News wants to have my head. I'd be ashamed 10 years from now if I wasn't. I really would."

Clooney pointed to Hollywood's relationship with the current U.S. administration, noting former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is a failed screenwriter and "Trump pays $100,000 a year to the Screen Actors Guild and has a star on Hollywood Boulevard. …

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