The actor explained to reporters Wednesday at the Venice Film Festival while promoting the film why the top government post really doesn't appeal to him. "Look, there's a guy in office right now who is smarter than almost anybody you know, who's nicer and has more compassion than almost anyone you know, and he's having an almost impossible time governing. Why would anyone really volunteer for that job. I have a really good job, I get to hang out with very seductive people and so I have no interest."
In the political drama -- hitting theaters October 7 -- Clooney plays a presidential candidate on the fast track to the Oval Office. Ryan Gosling plays his up-and-coming campaign press secretary who finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to bring down the candidate's shot at the presidency. The film also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella and Evan Rachel Wood.
Clooney said comparisons being made between the film and Shakespeare are valid. "We thought that some of these themes seemed to be somewhat Shakespearean. We will leave it up to people to decide who is Cassius and whose Brutus and whose Julius Caesar. Everyone has different points of views."