#ManCrushMonday: George Clooney
Making America great again
On the possibility of who could play Donald Trump in a movie:
"I wouldn't even dare to scar someone with the idea that they should play Donald Trump in a movie," says Clooney in our interview with him while promoting Hail, Caesar!
On Donald Trump's dominance in the news:
"Trump is actually a result in many ways of the fact that much of the news programs didn't follow up and ask tough questions. Twenty-four-hour news doesn't mean you get more news, it means you get the same news more. 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," retorts Clooney to reporters at Cannes Film Festival 2016.
On Donald Trump and his ideas:
"Let's put things into perspective. You know, the truth of the matter is, in election season, things go crazy, and the loudest voices are the furthest and most extreme. So you hear a massively stupid idea, like we're going to ban Muslims from the country. Now, we're not ever going to do that. It says in the Statue of Liberty, bring us your huddled masses. It's not what's going to happen," affirms Clooney to The Guardian on a press tour for Hail, Caesar!
On empowering the right voices:
"If you listen to the loudest voices out there today, you'd think we're a country that hates Mexicans, hates Muslims and thinks that committing war crimes is the best way to make America great again. The truth is that the only thing that would prevent America from being great would be to empower these voices," says Clooney in a letter supporting Hillary Clinton and the fund-raising event he and wife Amal hosted on 16 April.
On Donald Trump and his showmanship:
"To Donald Trump, you think you're a showman, you're not a showman. I'm a showman. But just a word of advice: When you get here, bring ice. Because I just found out God is Mexican...so trust me, you're gonna need a lot of ice," jokes Clooney at a tribute for producer Jerry Weintraub last year.
Money Monster is currently showing in theatres. For last week's #ManCrushMonday, click here.