Actor George Clooney has described Steve Bannon, former advisor to President Donald Trump, as a “failed f***ing screenwriter.”
Clooney unloaded on Bannon and challenged his conservative foes "to come at me" while speaking to journalists at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday where he was promoting his new film "Suburbicon," Entertainment Weekly reported.
“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, per EW.
Bannon is now executive chairman of conservative Breitbart News, CBS News said, and will be appearing on Sunday’s "60 Minutes" for his first televised interview since leaving the White House last month.
“Steve Bannon is a failed f—ing screenwriter, and if you’ve ever read [his] screenplay, it’s unbelievable," Clooney said, according to EW. "Now, if he’d somehow managed miraculously to get that thing produced, he’d still be in Hollywood, still making movies" and trying to get him to do one of his screenplays, he added.
Before becoming a conservative media exec and member of Trump’s inner circle, Bannon worked in Hollywood as a producer and financier, EW said. He also co-wrote a hip-hop musical screenplay based on Shakespeare’s Coriolanus that takes place during the 1992 L.A. riots, which Clooney was apparently referring to.
“You know, they say I’m out of touch. You want to call me a Hollywood liberal? Come at me," Clooney said.
"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.”
After a screening at the Venice Film Festival, Vanity Fair called Clooney's racially-charged "Suburbicon," set in the 1950s, a heightened period piece that bears a discomfiting resemblance to the real-life America of Charlottesville 2017.
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