Ocean’s Thirteen cast members George Clooney and Matt Damon have come out in support of US Democrat presidential contender Barack Obama.
The two made the call as part of an interview in this week’s Time magazine.
Clooney has not made a secret of his admiration for Obama, and has shared a stage with him in the past, but it is the first time Damon is known to have spoken out on the subject.
Fellow interviewee Brad Pitt revealed he is still sitting on the fence politically.
The Cannes interview, ostensibly to promote their new film, took a sideways swerve into politics with a tongue-in-cheek question.
“I’m sure like most actors you’re all watching the Republican field, just waiting for a candidate to get behind,” mused Time’s interviewer.
“I’m just hoping Gingrich gets in. Come on, Newt!” joked Clooney. “Actually there’s a really good field out there. I like Barack Obama a lot. I’ve spent some time with him.”
The following discussion then ensued.
PITT: You just cost him votes.
CLOONEY: I’ve actually had that conversation with him, just saying “Look, I’ll give you whatever support you need—including staying completely away from you.” Actors have done a lot of damage to candidates lately. My father ran for Congress in 2004, and it was “Hollywood vs. the Heartland!” My father was Hollywood.
PITT: I’m just hungry for some honesty and leadership. And I’m following them all—on all sides.
DAMON: I’m an Obama guy too. I think a lot of the problems in the world would be mitigated if he were the face of our country. I haven’t ever met him or talked to him, but he’s the first person in a long time who I’ve been inspired by.
CLOONEY: When other politicians stop and listen, that’s how you know what charisma is. You can’t teach that. He walks into a room and you go, “That’s a leader.”
The US elections are due in November, 2008.
Source: WhyAll. YourGuide.Com