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George Clooney Doesn't Think He's a Leading Man in Hollywood Anymore

George Clooney is on the cover of the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, alongside Suburbicon stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, out on newsstands now.

Here’s what the 56-year-old actor and director had to say:

On how his life has changed since having twins with his wife, Amal Clooney: “Now my house is filled with the warm sounds of babies crying. You should see when my friends show up and see me change a diaper, the laughter that comes from them. I go, ‘I know, I know.’ I’ve given them so much shit for so many years, I deserve every bit of it” … “We are unrested — we’re both unrested, and she’s more unrested than me, obviously. But I’m a very good diaper guy, which I didn’t know I would be.”

On meeting Donald Trump: “I was sitting down at a restaurant in New York [several years ago] and he came in and we talked for a while. I’d had neck surgery, and he said, ‘I’ll give you the name of a doctor,’ and he wrote me a couple of times with the name. Then he went on Larry King Live and told him I was very short. I’m 5-foot- 11 — I’m not the tallest actor in the world, but I’m not short. That made me laugh.”

On Trump’s “great crime”: “It would be best for the country if some of these Republicans — and some of them I’m very good friends with, actually — stood up [to him]. There’s an important distinction that doesn’t get said enough — the difference between Black Lives Matter and the KKK and the skinheads and the alt-right is this: Black Lives Matter was protesting in support of racial equality. Period. Sometimes it got out of hand, absolutely. But that’s what they were doing. You can never say, ‘Well, those guys were bad and these guys were bad.’ And to hear those words come out of the president of the United States, that is a great crime.”

On what’s next: “I haven’t acted in almost two years and I am not really sure when the next version of that would be. If somebody brought me The Verdict, I’d jump. But I’m not going to do movies just to be in front of the camera. I did that for a long time and I had a good run. And as you get older, the parts aren’t as interesting. I’m not a leading man anymore. Nobody wants to see me kiss the girl.”

For more from George, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

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Matt Damon & Julianne Moore Make It Couples Night at 'Suburbicon' Venice Premiere!

Matt Damon and Julianne Moore hit the red carpet with their spouses at the Suburbicon premiere held during the 2017 Venice Film Festival on Saturday (September 2) in Venice, Italy.

The actors were joined by Matt‘s wife Luciana Damon and Julianne‘s husband Bart Freundlich.

Also in attendance at the premiere was the film’s director George Clooney, who made his first red carpet appearance with wife Amal since becoming parents.

Rebecca Hall and her husband Morgan Spector also stepped out at the premiere!

FYI: Matt is wearing a Giorgio Armani tuxedo. Julianne is wearing a Valentino Couture gown. Luciana is wearing a Marchesa gown.

20+ pictures inside of Matt Damon and Julianne Moore at the premiere… More Here! »

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Matt Damon Explains How George Clooney Got Him to Sign on for 'Suburbicon'

Matt Damon, George Clooney, and Julianne Moore pose for pictures at a photo call for their movie Suburbicon at the 2017 Venice Film Festival on Saturday morning (September 2) in Venice, Italy.

In a new interview, Matt said that George had to pull some strings to get him to star in the film.

“I had four movies lined up in a row, starting with The Martian. I went from The Martian right into The Great Wall, which went right into Jason Bourne, which went right into Downsizing. It was two solid years of work. And I had sworn up and down to my family that I wouldn’t take [anything else],” Matt told THR.

“When George called me, I was like ‘I’d rather be waterboarded than turn you down, but I have to be with my family,’” Matt said. “Then I remember we were in London, working on Jason Bourne, and I was sitting at the dinner table with my wife when this text came in that said, ‘How about if I move it to L.A.?’ It was George who suggested it. I turned the phone to my wife and she goes, ‘OK, you’re doing it.’”

George wrote and directed Suburbicon, which stars Matt, Julianne, and Oscar Isaac.

FYI: Julianne is wearing a Louis Vuitton dress.

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Matt Damon on His Longtime Friendship with George Clooney: 'He's Got A Huge Heart'

Julianne Moore is all smiles as she poses alongside her Suburbicon director George Clooney while making their way out of Hotel Excelsior during the 2017 Venice Film Festival on Friday morning (September 1) in Venice, Italy.

The 56-year-old entertainer and Julianne, also 56, were followed closely behind by Suburbicon co-star Matt Damon, who recently opened up about his longtime friendship with George.

“Sure, he’s changed. He’s evolved, but he’s the same in a lot of critical ways. In all the important ways, he’s the same; he’s got a huge heart, he’s incredibly loyal, and he’s really, really smart,” Matt told THR. “He’s changed his career, in a way. When I met him, he was just coming off ER; he was known as this massive TV star. People didn’t understand how talented he was; they just thought he was this really handsome, matinee-idol TV star.”

“Now the perception of George is as big a movie star as you can get, an A-list director, an Oscar-winning producer. He’s somebody whose opinion I really value,” Matt added. “If I’m working on a script, I’m sending it to him for notes; if I’m doing a movie I’m showing him a cut and asking for suggestions. In baseball, they would call it a five-tool athlete — just somebody who can do everything. He’s an easy guy to hate, I guess!”

FYI: Julianne is wearing a Prada dress.

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Matt Damon & Kristen Wiig Debut 'Downsizing' First Teaser at Venice Film Fest - Watch Here!

Kristen Wiig takes a moment to pose for photographs while making her way out of the Hotel Excelsior during the 2017 Venice Film Festival on Thursday (August 31) in Venice, Italy.

The 43-year-old actress was followed closely behind by her Downsizing co-star Matt Damon, who was joined by his wife Luciana Barroso the evening before at their big opening ceremony premiere.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kristen Wiig

Synopsis: When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Damon) and his wife Audrey (Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Downsizing also stars Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Jason Sudeikis – see the teaser below and check back for the full trailer on September 12!


‘Downsizing’ Cast Intro Teaser Trailer

FYI: Kristen is wearing an Oscar de la Renta top and skirt, Jacquie Aiche jewelry, Casadei shoes and Ferragamo sunglasses.

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Matt Damon Gets Support from Wife Luciana at 'Downsizing' Venice Film Fest Opening Ceremony Premiere!

Matt Damon is dapper in a suit while hitting the red carpet with his gorgeous wife Luciana Barroso at the premiere of his latest film Downsizing held during the opening ceremony of the 2017 Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on Wednesday (August 30) in Venice, Italy.

The 46-year-old actor and Luciana were joined at the big event by co-stars Kristen Wiig and Hong Chau, as well as Jury members Annette Bening and Rebecca Hall, who was accompanied by her husband Morgan Spector.

Also in attendance was Victoria’s Secret model Izabel Goulart.

FYI: Kristen is wearing a Zuhair Murad couture gown with Giuseppe Zanotti heels and Buccellati jewelry. Hong is wearing an Elie Saab gown. Annette is wearing Giorgio Armani. Rebecca is wearing Armani Privé. Izabel is wearing an Alberta Ferretti dress.

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Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, & Hong Chau Bring 'Downsizing' to Venice!

Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, and Hong Chau pose for photos during the 2017 Venice Film Festival for their movie Downsizing at the Sala Casino on Wednesday (August 30) in Venice, Italy.

Also joining the cast were director Alexander Payne and writer Jim Taylor for the very first movie photo call of the festival.

Earlier in the day, Kristen and Matt were seen arriving by boat to the Casino grounds.

FYI: Kristen is wearing a Prabal Gurung dress, Sophia Webster shoes, Selim Mouzannar rings, Rona Pfeiffer pinky ring, and Yael Sonia earrings. Hong is wearing Salvatore Ferragamo and Yael Sonia earrings.

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