Ouch! Col. West often says, if you’re catching flak, you know you’re over the target. So it would appear criticism lobbed in the direction of über-liberal auteur and self-styled political expert George Clooney is absolutely hitting the mark.
Clooney unloaded his thoughts on Steve Bannon while speaking to reporters at the Toronto international Film Festival during promotion for his new racially-charged film, “Suburbicon.”
Bannon appears tonight on CBS 60 Minutes and as we reported here, reveals his insider experience in the Trump administration. We’ll have to wait and see whether he throws any punches at Clooney, but the actor is already swinging.
Per Entertainment Weekly, “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 said. “Steve Bannon is a failed f—ing 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.”
Speaking of “stupid-ass screenplays,” of Clooney’s new film, the New York Post says, “Suburbicon” is a surprisingly tone-deaf combination of two wildly different stories that simply don’t work in concert.
What’s most cringey — especially for a movie arriving so soon after the incidents in Charlottesville, VA — is the way the film relegates its deeply topical race plotline, drawn from a real 1950s incident in Pennsylvania, to the background.
When the Meyers family (Leith M. Burke, Karimah Westbrook and Tony Espinosa, as their son) moves into an all-white planned community, the neighbors purse their lips and then revolt, calling angry town meetings, staging 24/7 protests outside the house and eventually flat-out rioting.
Gee, sounds like a fun night out of race-baiting. We can’t wait to…miss it. Maybe bad reviews are why Clooney is so cranky about Bannon.
Earlier in his career, before getting into politics, Bannon worked in Hollywood as a producer and financier. He made some money off the Seinfeld syndication deal and dabbled in screenwriting. Does the bad blood between Bannon and Clooney go back awhile? Maybe. Or maybe it’s a just the times we live in.
“Hollywood is being quite well represented right now in the West Wing somehow,” Clooney added, citing Trump’s annual pay to the Screen Actors Guild and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (as well as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s film production credits). “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. I know every bit of that world, and I know my friends and what they believe. 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.”
Well ok then, George. You’re just like us common little people, except for the part about the billion-dollar deal on your tequila brand, private jets, Italian villa and Academy Awards.
You know, any time you want to write an extra check to the federal government to help pay for all the programs you think would benefit us little people, please feel free.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]