George Clooney will never be a leader of the free world. The “Ocean’s Eleven” star has finally shut down long-standing speculation that he might one day run for president, saying he “actually wants to have a nice life” instead.
The 60-year-old actor made the declaration during an interview with BBC on Sunday, saying he toyed with the idea of public office, but believes he is now too old.
“I turned 60 this year and I had a conversation with my wife [Amal Clooney] and we were working a lot, as we both do, and I said, ‘We have to think of these as the halcyon years.’”
He continued: “In 20 years, I will be 80 and that’s a real number. Doesn’t matter how much you work out, what you eat — you’re 80. So I said we have to make sure we enjoy and live these years in the best possible way.”
However, Clooney’s insistence that he would not run for public office didn’t stop him from offering his support to “friend” Joe Biden during the BBC chat.
The star — who directed Ben Affleck in the upcoming flick “The Tender Bar” — dismissed the president’s low poll numbers, saying the country was still recovering from the Trump era.
“It’s like taking a battered child and thinking everything’s going to be OK his first day in school,” Clooney claimed. “There’s a lot of things that have to be repaired, there’s a lot of healing that has to happen and it’s going to take time.”
He went on to slam Trump, describing him as a “knucklehead.”
“I knew him before he was president,” said Clooney. He was just a guy who was chasing girls, that’s all he was.”
Meanwhile, Clooney — who shares twins Ella and Alexander, 4, with Amal, 43 — says that while he soon wants to “slow down,” he has no plans to quit the movie business.
“Not working would really be a bummer,” he stated.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the “Descendants” star to delay some work during the past 18 months, meaning he’s been spending more time with his wife and kids.
“He’s mainly teaching them pranks … but we’ll see if it develops,” she told “Entertainment Tonight” in a rare interview at the red-carpet premiere of “The Tender Bar” last week.