George Clooney, already enjoying the premiere of his film "Ides of March" at Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, has taken his political drama to Beverley Hills, Los Angeles. While giving some insights into the film, of which Clooney also happens to be the co-writer and director, he said that the film has global appeal since people from across the world could relate to it finding its plot somehow related to the politics in their country.
While giving an interview to Parada magazine, Clooney said, "Everywhere it's played, they think it's got something to do with their politics. When I had to pitch this movie, I would say, 'OK, here's why it's universal and not just an American film about delegate counts.' I pitched the idea of a morality tale."
"I often referenced ER, because when we first finished the pilot the network thought no-one was going to get it. They thought no-one would understand words like supraventricular tachyarrhythmia. But the characters were what sold it - that's what people cared about," Clooney remarked.
The film stars Clooney as an ambitious democrat seeking to run for the president of the United States, while Ryan Gosling, who plays his campaign manager, ready to set Clooney's career off the track. Gosling said working with Clooney has been different from what he's used to. "Its fast and its fun," he said.
"He works so fast," Gosling said at the premiere. "I think he feels a lot of pressures as a guy, because he's the producer, director and the star and he tries very hard to keep a light environment on the set. He's always doing impersonations and singing for the crew and telling jokes. He does a lot of work to make sure it's fun for everybody."
With Clooney working on another family drama "The Descendents", which is to be released before fall along with "Ides of March", the star has been super busy lately.
"I always feel like I'm competing against myself. Every morning I feel like I'm competing against myself," Clooney said at the premiere. He said he borrowed the courage and inspiration of writing a story from his father, who himself was a great storyteller. He would say that whenever you want to tell a good story, make sure you have a point to it, and in this film, Clooney has done just that.