In a move critics are calling “his smuggest yet,” actor, director, producer, and honorary Catholic saint, George Clooney, congratulated his Hollywood friends on the success of this year’s The Toronto International Film Festival, despite his absence.
“People love us. What can we say? Let’s applaud Hollywood’s hard work.”
The self-ordained United Nations Ambassador to Hollywood is not attending TIFF but appeared via satellite at the opening gala to the new Terrence Mallick flick ‘To the Wonder,’ Mallick’s latest exhausting experiment about nothing, starring Ben Affleck.
Clooney has been actively fundraising for American president Barack Obama and has not been shy to share his support. With the U.S. elections approaching, Clooney reminded his celestial pals to “get out there and campaign.”
“I would probably run for president, myself, if I thought the job had any influence,” he said with a half-smile and chuckle. “But let’s not forget, I’m the guy who has raised $15 million for the Obama campaign, so a vote for Obama is basically a vote for me.”
Clooney’s brief comments drew a 23-minute standing ovation, which drew another half-hour rousing standing ovation.
Many of the Hollywood elite, including pundit Sean Penn, say if there were a George Clooney-Angelina Jolie ticket in any election, the world would be free of war and poverty.
TIFF, also known as the Cannes of the Arctic, runs until September 16th.