Clooney plays the joker and Gosling talks politics
You could tell it was Friday at the TIFF Lightbox – it was giggles all around.
George Clooney was present to field questions on his new epic The Ides of March – in which he stars and directs, but he couldn’t seem to keep a straight face.
He laughed when he was asked what it was like to direct a film, he guffawed when he was asked what it was like to act in a movie he directed.
People snickered when a reporter asked co-star, Ryan Gosling, A Canadian, if he had ever thought of running politically in Canada (he said no).
But the biggest hoots came after a confusing story about Clooney spraying the crotch of Gosling’s pants with water. Hollywood, go figure.
Anyway, the movie is supposed to be good. It’s a political drama taking place during a US presidential campaign with the usual ingredients of power, intrigue and – most of all – betrayal.
Clooney is Mike Morris, a democratic preseidential candidate with Philip Seymour Hoffman as his campain manager.
But Clooney stressed it wasn’t a movie about politics but more of one about moral choice.
"It’s a fundamental moral tale placed in politics," he said. "It’s a thriller, a political drama."
He said it isn’t wrong to hold up a mirror to a country’s political reality – one that may be filled with cynicism – but that’s not what The Ides of March is about.
Clooney said Gosling, who plays the part of Stephen Meyers – the brains behind Morris’ campaign – is superb along with the rest of the cast.
"Ryan knocked it out of the park." he said. "He’s a tremendous performer."
Clooney said intelligence is a requirement of an actor … but that doesn’t always happen.
-- Paul Irish