It is no secret that actor, writer, director and liberal activist George Clooney has long opposed President Donald Trump. Now, more than half a year into the 45th president's first term, Clooney said Trump is unprepared to lead the nation.
"It becomes increasingly clear how in over his head and incapable this man is of being president of the United States," The 56-year-old new father told The Associated Press for an article published on Aug. 29. "The good news is that our other institutions -- meaning press, finally, and judges and senators -- have proven that the country works. There is a check and balance."
Clooney and his wife, international human rights attorney Amal Clooney, said they were so put off by Trump's response to the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, during an alt-right protest that they have donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help fight back against hate groups.
The star also talked about "Suburbicon," his latest venture behind the camera, which he described as "a pretty angry film" that uses dark comedy to hit at pervasive racial issues from the 1950s. Those tensions, he said, are more present than ever now that Trump is leading the nation.
"I found it interesting to talk about building walls and scapegoating minorities," said Clooney of the movie, which has a late October release date. "I think that's always an interesting topic but particularly when I was hearing these conversations on the campaign trail. I thought: It's always good to look back and remember that nothing really is new and every time we're shocked, we forget that we've had this behavior time and time and time again."
The movie, written decades ago by Joel and Ethan Coen, depicts a suburban neighborhood's hysteria when a black family moves in.
Clooney said he's hoping to "pick some fights" by releasing the movie. At this point in his career, he says he's trying to be as bold and opinionated as possible in his work.
"They still let me do what I want to do," Clooney explained of the film industry. "As long as that's the case, then I'm going to keep doing it. For me, you've got to keep pushing the envelope until they take everything away -- which they eventually do with everybody."
The father of twins has been vocal in his opposition to Trump's meteoric rise to power since it started and has even blasted the media for contributing to it. In May 2016, he wouldn't even entertain the notion that the real estate mogul would become president.
"There's not going to be a President Donald Trump," Clooney said at a film festival at the time, reports Fox News. "That's not going to happen. Fear is not going to be ... what drives our country. We're not going to be scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We're not actually afraid of anything. We're not going to use fear. So that's not going to be an issue."