George Clooney talks government shutdown
October 2nd, 2013
05:30 PM ET

George Clooney talks government shutdown

When he's not busy being a world-famous movie star, George Clooney is known to dabble in politics.

And when CNN caught up with the 52-year-old actor at the premiere of his new movie, "Gravity," on Tuesday, the star hopped in the national debate on the government shutdown.

"I do think that cooler heads, as you see them starting to move around, will prevail," Clooney said.

"You see (New York) Rep. Peter King, and people like that on the right who aren’t the 30 or so sort of Tea Party Group that have just come to shut down government – they don’t want to do it," he went on. "You know, I don’t think (Speaker John) Boehner wants to do this either, I really don’t. I think in general they’re pretty smart men and understand what’s at stake here, so I think they’re going to come to some terms soon, I hope."

But other celebs, like actresses Sarah Paulson and Kate Walsh, are losing patience:

And then there's Jesse Ventura, who thinks citizens should start fighting fire with fire:

"Every elected Democrat and Republican are the bad guys. They're not doing their job," he told TMZ. "I'll tell you what the answer should be: If they've shut down the government, then why do we have to pay taxes? For every day the government's shut down, it should be that we don't have to pay income tax that day because they're not workin'."


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. danielwalldammit

    This is all you got from him? It ain't much.

    October 11, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Serious and Secure Couple--(photo above)

    They are a s-xy older couple who set an example of how too act serious yet be s0xy at the same time. I will follow their path in terms of positive ways of acting in relationships. Most are dysfunctional and we do not want too follow
    this because it affects the s-x and becomes and awful way of living.......(outside done)

    October 4, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. bb

    You told it like it really is, this shutdown is mainly because Obama is black, keep it real. Majority America never want to admit things like this and try to run a guilt trip by saying the race card is being played. Im glad you called it out, never let a white person tell you what is or isnt racist. Blacks have been the victims of racism so long we are the experts on it, along with the fact, whites easily downplay it. But Republicans have a hatred for Obama and we know it and dont need whites approval and its the main reason this is happening. Racism will never end in America, also remember there was a time whites thought ending slavery was wrong. Obama have been the most disrespected president. One example (the governor of Arizona) keep looking at it for what it really is.

    October 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cloudi9

    I think the shutdown is a wakeup to the fact that our country is broke. We spend $1billion a day in interest in debt with no sign of the debt slowing. We have 16 Trillion is secured national debt. We have $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP in unsecured debt. We cannot pay for our country. Our country is maxed out and the world is catching on.

    While I don't like people out of work, the people out of work our government employees. We don't need this huge bureaucracy and the fact that we're running just fine right now with the government closed shows that we do just fine with it closed. Where we don't do fine is in the shadows -our debt and covering it up with tinsel. Clooney, while fun to watch, is precisely that tinsel. We already had one lousy president that was an actor. We don't really need a comment from an actor that clearly is partisan.

    As a registered independent and a Ron Paul supporter, I think it's time we remember our liberty and how we are on track to lose it if we don't tackle our debt, balance the budget, stop the war machine and change our foreign policy. It's a shame that things can be so obvious, yet when you close the government for a short time, all people look at is their paychecks briefly gone. If we don't fix the bigger issue of our debt, not only will these government employees not have paychecks for a couple of "government shut down" weeks, they'll be out of work -forever...because we will HAVE no country. No money left. No jobs. This president has had 6 years to balance a budget. Where's our doggon Teddy Roosevelt. Not this guy. Not this one.

    October 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George43

    lost weight and he looks HOT

    October 3, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Meh

    Oh good, someone who plays pretend wants to insert his thoughts

    October 3, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. SKY

    FACT: NOW WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY IS GOING TO WAKE UP MILLIONS....BECAUSE BILLIONS ARE SO AFRAID
    TO JUST TELL THE TRUTH.....THEY SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE A BLACK MAN ASKED FOR
    MORE....HE HAS THE LEGAL RIGHT....BUT SOME PEOPLE HAVE NEVER ACCEPTED HIM AS THE PRESIDENT
    OF UNITED STATE OF AMERICA......THIS GROUP THAT REFUSE TO CONFORM IS THE SAME GROUP THAT
    HOLDING ON TO WE THE PEOPLE AND NOT BLACK PEOPLE OF U.S.A.
    SO CAN WE JUST CALL IT WHAT IT IS AND MOVE ON.....SO THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE ASK YOU
    WHY THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN, JUST SAY...A BLACK PRESIDENT ASKED FOR MORE.....

    October 3, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Aneisha

      Ummm... What?

      October 3, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Confused and dissapointed

      Sky, there have been 17 shutdowns in the history of this once great county. Since Obama is the first black president, can you take a guess the color of those previous presidents in power during those 17 shut downs?
      This has nothing to do with race and everything to do with stupidity, greed, and cluelessness. These men and women have no idea what they are doing or who's lives they are ruining, nor do they care. The government has gotten so large, it's an unmanageable mess, no matter which color is in power.

      No president is 100% loved by the nation. Clinton, Nixon, Bush – all reviled by great portions of the country. While some idiots don't like Obama because of his color, the greater portion of people who do not like him base that opinion on politics. It's a disservice to this country to not mature beyond this black/white race card you're playing.

      October 3, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • To confused

      Sky is a troll. Don't pay any attention to her. You should be more concerned with the tea party. They are trying to hold this country hostage.

      October 3, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alvarez

    I heard his poops are tremendously smelly.

    October 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Really? I heard from celebritypooblogger.com that they are light, fluffy and odourless! Perhaps they should update their source. Toilet cams can't always be trusted (CGI, photoshop etc).

      October 8, 2013 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Dont pay taxes and dont vote

    October 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Don't pay taxes? Go to jail. Don't vote? Yeah, put those tea party clowns back in? Don't think so.

      October 3, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      We should pay taxes, and we should definitly vote. Elections matter! Maybe we should vote for people who actually like and understand how to govern, however!

      October 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rock

    The old guy doesnt get it up too well anymore so I fill in for him

    October 3, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |

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