George Clooney rules out political bid in US

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“We thought that some of these themes seemed to be somewhat Shakespearean,” Clooney said. “We will leave it up to people to decide who is Cassius and who’s Brutus and who’s Julius Caesar. Everyone has different points of view.”

It is hard to shake off the film’s ultimate cynicism, which seems to reflect the current mood and gridlock in U.S. politics. But perhaps such a movie requires a cynical moment. Clooney said he shelved the movie in the face of brimming optimism following the 2008 election of President Barack Obama.

“It took about a year, and that was over,” he said, with irony.

Still, he expressed hope that this, too, will pass.

“Cynicism seems to be winning over idealism right now. I think it will change. I hope it will change. Soon,” Clooney said.

Clooney, who has a villa in northern Italy on Lake Como, is a familiar face at the Lido. He’s directed or acted in six films that have been shown in Venice since 2003, including “Good Night and Good Luck,” `’Burn After Reading” and “Michael Clayton.”

“The Ides of March” is Clooney’s first directorial effort to headline the festival. It is vying for the Golden Lion, which will be awarded Sept. 10.

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