Aug. 31 - George Clooney talks about the American political thriller, ''The Ides of March'', making its world debut in Venice. Kathi Urban reports.
One usually expects a limousine, but in Venice this is the preferred method of transport. George Clooney arriving on the Lido waterfront by boat ahead of a news conference to his new political thriller "The Ides of March". The Hollywood hunk and his fellow cast members were greeted by journalists and hundreds of fans, eager to catch a glimpse of the stars. SOUNDBITE: George Clooney, director and actor saying (English) "I love being here, I have been here for many many films." In "The Ides of March" George Clooney explores the dirty side of politics, playing alongside Ryan Gosling U.S. governor Mike Morris. So far early reviews have generally been positive towards the film. Clooney, who both acts and directs here, said he had enjoyed getting behind the camera. SOUNDBITE: George Clooney, director and actor saying (English) "I enjoyed directing myself. 'I thought you were really good in that take George, I thank you'. I enjoy directing, it's a very fun thing, it's a fun thing to do and I'm on a stage with people who have done it as well and I think they would all agree that there is something a little more, it feels very creative being able to be a director but look, it's awfully easy when you have people like this." The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at a U.S. Democratic primary race. The actor told reporters he certainly doesn't envy the job of President Barack Obama. SOUNDBITE: George Clooney, director and actor saying (English) "As for running for president, look, there's a guy in office right now who is smarter than almost anybody you know, who has more compassion than almost anybody you know and he's having an almost impossible time governing. Why would anyone really volunteer for that job? I have a really good job. I get to hang out with very seductive people." Clooney and the film's star-studded cast are expected to grace the red carpet for its world premiere later on Wednesday, kicking off the 11 day long festival, the oldest in the world. Kathi Urban, Reuters.