In receiving a special filmmaking achievement award from the National Board of Reviews, actor George Clooney joked that “Charlton Heston announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s.”
Clooney still had a chance to apologize for the bad humor day. When questioned about the remark by New York Newsday, Clooney sputtered: “I don’t care. Charlton Heston is the head of the National Rifle Association. He deserves whatever anyone says about him.”
Clooney, it turns out, is active in gun control and an increasing number of other political causes. He embraces the term “political liberal,” he says. And he’s become a major Hollywood critic of the impending war in Iraq – and of its author, President Bush.
He says President Bush would fit in just fine with New Jersey’s favorite crime family.
“The government itself is running exactly like the Sopranos,” he tells talk-show host Charlie Rose tonight.
Clooney says Bush has cut deals with France and Russia so the United Nations Security Council won’t complain when “we go into a war [with Iraq] and kill a lot of innocent people.”
“[Bush says,] ‘France, you’re getting the pipelines,’” Clooney quips. “Are we going to try and talk [to Saddam Hussein] without jumping in and killing people first?” asks Clooney. “I don’t believe we’re going to wait until the last resort to do it. That’s what bothers me.”
Clooney’s latest directorial project is “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”
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