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With his passion for political activism and his presidential charisma, George Clooney seems like a natural to run for office. Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura have paved the way, will we soon be able to cast our vote for Governor (or perhaps POTUS) Clooney?
Not a chance.
"I didn't live my life in the right way for politics, you know," says Clooney, 49, in the new issue of Newsweek. "I f***ed too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that's the truth."
Clearly, he's too honest for politics! But Clooney has turned himself into a major force for change by advocating for peace in Sudan. He's now what Newsweek calls a "freelance diplomat," serving as a liason between the war-torn region, the White House and the United Nations. Ironically, it's because he was sick of campaigning that George got involved with Sudan in the first place.
"I had just come out of Oscar season (in 2005)," recalls Clooney. "I had two movies up -- and you really do campaign, like kissing babies. So by the time it's over, you sort of feel unclean. You want to do something that makes you feel better."
After traveling to Sudan, Clooney realized that its people needed more than money; they needed an influential voice to speak for them.
"My job is to amplify the voice of the guy who lives here and is worried about his wife and children being slaughtered," Clooney says bluntly. "He wants to shout it from the mountaintops, but he doesn't have a very big megaphone or a very big mountain. So he's asking anyone who has a mountain and megaphone to protect his family, his village. And if he finds me and asks, 'You got a big megaphone?' and I say, 'Yes.' 'You got a decent-size mountain to yell it from?'' 'Yeah, I got a pretty good-sized mountain.' 'Will you do me a favor and yell it?' And I go, 'Absolutely.'"
Okay, now we're tempted to put Clooney on the ballot ourselves! But it looks like we'll have to settle for seeing it in the movies: Clooney plays a flawed presidential candidate in his next film, The Ides of March.
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