Clooney Shelved Political Movie After Obama Election

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September 23, 2011 | 11:35am EST

George Clooney put his new movie The Ides Of March on hold after President Barack Obama was elected, because he was convinced the public wouldn’t want to see a movie about a political scandal.
The Hollywood actor stars as a Democratic presidential candidate in the new film, alongside Ryan Gosling as a campaign worker who is forced to learn dirty tricks in the run-up to the election.

Clooney has revealed he began work on the film in 2007, a year before Obama won the 2008 presidential election, and the actor admits the real life political situation convinced him to put the movie on hold.

He tells Parade magazine, “We were in pre-production on this film in 2007, before the Obama election. And then we realized that a good portion of the country was elated with what happened in that election, so we had to shelve the movie until people were cynical again.”

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