George Clooney on What Donald Trump Was Like Before Launching 2016 Campaign: 'He Was Just This Knucklehead'

George Clooney attends the premiere of "The Tender Bar" during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on October 10, 2021 in London, England.
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Before he became president, when he was a reality TV star and a fixture in New York, Donald Trump was "just a girl chasing guy," according to George Clooney, in a new interview on the BBC-The Andrew Marr Show talked about Trump.
"It's so funny because he was just that Knucklehead," said the 60-year-old actor and filmmaker of Trump, 75. "I knew him before he became president. He was just a guy who chased girls. Every time when you went out he came over and asked, 'what's this girl's name?' That's all he was. "
Clooney, who has become a vocal critic of Trump since his turnaround, said that Trump's fans - "that whole group of people who ... think he's the champion" - are people who "certainly don't stand the former president." “Can be real life.
Still, the actor said in the interview that in his opinion Trump will "remain a factor for a while".
"He's going to play this for a while and we'll see where we go as a country with it," said Clooney. "My hope is that we will have a little more sense than doing that all over again."
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The actor, who is currently promoting his upcoming film The Tender Bar (out Dec. 17), also spoke of Trump's successor, saying he believes Joe Biden needs to fix the ruptures left by the former president.
"It's like taking a stricken kid and thinking that your first day of school will be all right," said Clooney. "There are a lot of things that need to be fixed."
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Clooney has been politically active throughout his career and has been a critic of Trump's name, which he said in January was "forever associated with rioting".
The January 6 riots in the Capitol, Clooney said on an episode of KCRW's podcast The Business, "are throwing Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka all in the trash can of history."
Clooney then added that the events leading up to the riot “were, in some ways, a tremendous excess too - everyone was waiting for what's the one thing, the straw that breaks the camel's back, and it just seemed that way Like that line kept moving and moving and moving and outrage no longer mattered, even to the point that I called the Secretary of State in Georgia and pressured him. None of that seemed to matter.
Still, the actor told the BBC in the new interview that he had no plans of his own to seek political office and told Marr: "I actually want to have a good life."
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