February 23rd, 2011
02:09 PM ET
He may play a dirty presidential candidate in the upcoming drama "The Ides of March," but in real life George Clooney would never dream of running for office.
"I didn't live my life in the right way for politics," Clooney, who has been approached by the California Democratic Party, tells Newsweek. "I f—ed too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that’s the truth."
And telling the truth, he says, is key for any campaigner. A savvy politician "would start from the beginning by saying, 'I did it all. I drank the bong water. Now let's talk about issues,'" says Clooney. "That’s gonna be my campaign slogan: 'I drank the bong water'?"
Clooney is currently focusing his energies on helping the people of South Sudan achieve independence from the northern government of Khartoum and applauds fellow stars who use their fame to fight for a cause.
"There is more attention on celebrity than ever before — and there is a use for that besides selling products," he says. "A lot of the young actors I see coming up in the industry are not just involved, but knowledgeable on a subject and then sharing that with fans."
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