With a pair of newborn twins to take up his time, George Clooney probably has plenty on his plate without worrying about getting acting jobs. But that doesn’t make the news that he’s taking a long, long break from acting any easier to swallow.
But surprisingly, the twins aren’t the reason for Clooney’s departure from his career. “Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore,” he said in a new interview with The Sunday Times, adding, “shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl.”
The good news is that doesn’t necessarily mean Clooney is out of the acting game for good. If the right role comes along, he’s willing to take it.
“But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in The Verdict, I’d jump,” he explained. “But there aren’t that many like that. Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion fucking dollars. I don’t need money.”
He continued, “I have money. So I can fight to make movies I want to make. If you look at what I’ve been in over the past 15 years, for the most part they weren’t going to get made if I didn’t do them. Nobody was going to make Good Night, and Good Luck, Michael Clayton or Up in the Air, and I fought to get those out there.”
As for the next steps in Clooney’s career? Even though he comes from a family of politicians, he says he has no political aspirations of his own.
“I have always been involved in politics. My father ran for Congress. It’s been in our family forever. But, mostly, I can help in ways I actually know very well, like messaging [voters],” he said. “So many people since Trump was elected have really been pushing on me to get more involved in actual politics, specifically at the highest office. I don’t have political aspirations.”
So President Clooney is off the table. At least we have dad Clooney.