Don’t expect to see any campaign posters for George Clooney anytime soon. The actor and director claimed he’d rather have a “nice life” than a life in politics.
Clooney sat down with Andrew Marr on BBC on Sunday to discuss his new movie “The Tender Bar,” starring Ben Affleck and Christopher Lloyd. Clooney will direct the film, not star in it, but at one point the conversation shifted from film to politics.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, George Clooney told the interviewer that he doesn’t see his career evolving from acting to politics, unlike others in the industry. Specifically, Clooney mentioned that he’d rather have “a nice life” than run for president of the United States.
“I turned 60 this year. And I had a conversation with my wife, and we were working a lot, as we both do, and I said we have to think of these as the halcyon years,” he said.
Clooney said he wants to focus on reducing his workload and taking the time to “play basketball and still do things I love” while he’s still healthy.
“In 20 years, I will be 80 and that’s a real number,” George Clooney said. “Doesn’t matter how much you work out, what you eat, you’re 80 and so I said we have to make sure we enjoy and live these years in the best possible way.”
Currently, Clooney is living his best life by spending time in his Italian villa near Lake Como. Unfortunately, extensive flooding in the area caused severe damage to several residences, including Clooney’s, and caused many to evacuate.
George Clooney Chooses to Spend His ‘Halcyon Years’ Helping Others
Around August, George Clooney and his family were visiting their vacation home in Laglio, Italy, near Lake Como. But heavy rain and landslides caused authorities to evacuate 60 residents from the area and caused damage to several homes.
“[Clooney] came straight to the town hall to see what had happened and we took a tour of the damage,” Pozzi told the U.K. Times. “He was really perturbed and said he wanted to help out. We’re raising funds and I think he will be using his own channels to do so too so we can help out people who have been made homeless.”
George Clooney himself spoke with a local TV station about the damages.
“It’s much worse than I thought,” Clooney said in the video. “I have spoken to the mayor — there will be a lot of work, it will take millions of dollars, but this city is strong. It will react and return better than before. This is a very resilient city.”