Clooney says women, drugs rule him out of politics

Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:33pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor George Clooney will play a flawed presidential candidate in his latest movie, but he has again rejected the notion of running for politics in real life.

"I didn't live my life the right way for politics, you know," the Oscar-winning actor told Newsweek magazine in a cover story about his humanitarian work in Sudan.

"I f**ked too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that's the truth," said Clooney, who has twice been declared People magazine's sexiest man alive.

Clooney, 49, said a smart political campaigner would "start from the beginning by saying, 'I did it all. I drank the bong water. Now let's talk about issues' That's gonna be my campaign slogan: 'I drank the bong water.'?"

Clooney, who won an Oscar in 2006 for his supporting role in "Syriana", gave a similar rejoinder in 2007 to suggestions that he should run for the U.S. Senate against Republican Mitch McConnell.

Clooney, a political liberal, was named a United Nations messenger of peace in 2008 for his efforts to draw international attention to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

He told Newsweek his job in the region was to "amplify the voice of the guy who lives here and is worried about his wife and children being slaughtered".

"And if he finds me and asks, 'You got a big megaphone?' and I say 'Yes.' 'You got a decent-size mountain to yell it from?'. 'Yeah, I got a pretty-good sized mountain.' 'Will you do me a favor and yell it?' And I go 'Absolutely.'"

Clooney is currently working on the movie "The Ides of March" about an idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate who gets a crash course in dirty politics. Clooney will direct and star in the film, and he co-wrote the screenplay.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

 
<p>George Clooney, best actor nominee for "Up in the Air", arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>