George Clooney for president? Hey, he's got the foreign policy experience.
In the next two months, George Clooney will release his fourth movie as a director (The Ides of March, out in theaters this Friday) and twenty-sixth as a featured actor (The Descendants, set for release on November 18). That got us thinking about which version of Clooney we've been most impressed with in recent years, the one in front of the camera or the one behind it. Here's the way George Clooney, Actor and George Clooney, Director match up against each other in five key areas.
The new political drama The Ides of March, directed, co-written and starring George Clooney, is technically based on Beau Willimon's 2008 play, Farragut North, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's more of a ripped-from-the-headlines roman à clef. Almost everything about this moderately involving, but ultimately underwhelming film -- from the characters to the central story arc (which follows a presidential aspirant whose campaign is almost derailed by a sex scandal) -- seems to be modeled after real-life situations and individuals. That feeling is further driven home by the occasional appearance of recognizable figures like Charlie Rose and Rachel Maddow playing themselves in small cameos.