Actor and liberal activist George Clooney says former presidential advisor Steve Bannon is a “failed fucking screenwriter.”
Clooney made the declaration during an ad hoc news conference Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada, Entertainment Weekly reports. Clooney was at the festival to talk up his latest film “Suburbicon.”
An already controversial interview with Bannon will premier on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night.
“I like picking fights. I like that Breitbart News wants to have my head. I’d be ashamed 10 years from now if those weaselly little putzes, whose voices are getting a lot higher every week as this presidency starts to look worse and worse weren’t still [after me],” Clooney told reporters. “Steve Bannon is a failed fucking screenwriter, and if you’ve ever read [his] screenplay, it’s unbelievable. Now, if he’d somehow managed miraculously to get that thing produced, he’d still be in Hollywood, still making movies and licking my ass to get me to do one of his stupid-ass screenplays.”
Before he joined President Donald Trump’s team and prior to running Breitbart News, Bannon was a member of the Hollywood elite, largely as a producer and money man, but he did write some screenplays that few people remember.
Clooney insisted that he is grounded in reality and isn’t just some rich celebrity who has forgotten what real Americans believe in.
“You know, they say I’m out of touch. You want to call me a Hollywood liberal? Come at me. I sold ladies shoes, I sold insurance door to door, I worked at an all-night liquor store, I cut tobacco for a living. I can change the fan belt on my car. I grew up in that world in Kentucky,” Clooney said.
“I know every bit of that world, and I know my friends and what they believe,” Clooney continued. “And I know this is not a moment in our history that we’ll look back and be proud of. So if I’m not standing on the side I believe to be right, I’d be ashamed.”