“Extra’s” Renee Bargh sat down with George Clooney to talk about his new movie, “Suburbicon.” George also dished on life with twins and shared his feelings on the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
George and his wife Amal welcomed their twins Ella and Alexander in June. He admitted that getting married and having children was not always part of the plan, “When Amal and I met and when we got married it became really clear we were lucky… It seemed selfish not to share some of that luck with some other people.”
The 56-year-old revealed Alexander is bigger than Ella. “He weighs three pounds more than his sister.” He told Renee the babies both have distinct personalities already, “They’re born with a personalities. Ella is very elegant and dainty she has these big beautiful eyes, she looks like Amal… He’s just a thug, he’s a fat little boy, he laughs louder than everyone in the room, it’s the funniest thing.”
Renee asked if they are done having kids. George answered, “Done!”
Clooney, who has been outspoken about the Weinstein scandal, said more has to be said, “There has to be some good that comes out of all of this and the good is going to have to be that women feel safe to speak up, that they are believed and hopefully be enough that it scares any man who would behave like that from doing it.” He added, “Let’s stop having meetings in hotel rooms, you can have it in the restaurant downstairs.”
He called for fundamental changes and said even his wife has seen the harassment, “My wife is a very smart, very together, very accomplished human rights lawyer and she said there have been times in my life, in the law community I had to tell someone to knock it off, so it happens everywhere.”
He went on, “This wasn’t just guys hitting on girls, this is assault… If we don’t address this and really go after Harvey, it will come back.
As for “Suburicon,” many are calling it his best directing yet. The film is seen as a new crime thriller-black comedy mix “Race is never sort of a hot breaking news story its seems to always be part of our original stand so some of this was always going to play out… I thought it was interesting to talk about things like building walls and scapegoating minorities.” He said, “I wanted it to be entertaining, wanted it to be fun… and if along the way if people want to talk about it great, that’s what you hope for.”
Looking to remind people that the country has been through bad times before, “It is such an angry time in the country… These things are cyclical… but also that these things are fixable and we will fix them again.”
He said he is always “optimistic.”
“Suburbicon” opens in theaters Oct. 27.