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Clooney is hoping Obama will visit his Lombardian estate, just as he did Clooney's home in Sonning, England, where the former president spent a night in early June (along with a squadron of Secret Service), remaining for a five-hour meal, bantering and playing hoops. "I think it really bothered him."He and Obama have a jocular relationship that at times teeters into the risque. ' because it's just foul, and you think, 'Well, that would probably not be great if it came out.' "Clooney understands these risks better than anyone.I glimpse a text from the former president on the actor's phone. He knows the pitfalls of fame, alert to all the dangers; whatever naivete might once have been part of him has long gone in the glare of public scrutiny.
He long ago abandoned hope of maintaining any part of himself for him alone, but now he's thinking about his wife and children."Every single day there's some crazy sort of infringement," he says. That's what we have to do.' But when someone breaks the law, that's beyond what we bargained for, beyond the pact I made: that when you're famous, you're going to be followed."I don't think anyone thought George was prescient in what we were shooting; we all felt we were talking about things that had happened in the past," notes Moore."But what's happened recently has been absolutely shocking."Trump himself mentioned William Levitt, the builder who created multiple Levittowns, in a July 24 speech to the Boy Scouts of America.The realization of the film became much darker than we'd thought."Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Black Bear Pictures It's become even darker following the explosive events of Aug.12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Paramount is clearly aware of that, shifting its marketing to tout the picture's new relevance.GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images Each summer, this prince of the New World exiles himself to the heart of the Old, an ancient terrain of artists and aristocrats. I've had an email exchange with Sacha Baron Cohen that's some of the filthiest stuff, honestly.
It's here that Clooney invites friends, family and a few chosen acquaintances (Charlie Rose, David Gergen and Samantha Power, among others) to join him for a contemporary Algonquin Round Table, one of the few remnants of the past for which this maestro of the present still hankers. "All these really interesting, smart people, sitting around having conversations."Barack Obama might soon be one of them. Amal will be on the chain and she'll be upstairs and I'll hear her scream, 'No!
The response initially was good but needed to be better, and then Amy was caught making a dumb, bad joke in an email." That joke made fun of Obama, speculating about the African-American films he was watching. "I hate to think that any one of us could have made dumb, bad jokes," he says, shrugging.
"It's unfortunate that it was also racist, about the president, and that's not a very smooth maneuver."•••Racism is at the heart of Clooney's new film, , a drama set in the late 1950s that he directed and co-wrote with Heslov, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. 2 at the Venice Film Festival, interweaves two stories: a family drama, as a seemingly ordinary husband and father (Damon) becomes increasingly off-kilter; and a racial conflict, as a white neighborhood turns against a black family that has just moved in, whose superficial "abnormality" masks the genuine abnormality of the white family.
I don't know anyone who wouldn't be furious."His words linger, and then he waves them away, and they dissolve in the heat and humidity of this sweltering late July afternoon, as if Clooney, calmer and apparently more content than ever before — and even contemplating a new career — refuses to let anything unwanted trouble his mind.
He started coming to Lake Como 16 years ago, when he and his friend Rande Gerber stumbled on the Villa Oleandra while crisscrossing Italy on their motorbikes.
They'd say that, too — I'm not speaking out of school.