Easily stepping onto the red carpet as two of Hollywood's most handsome (not to mention talented) men, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling attended the Los Angeles premiere of their political thriller, Ides of March, Tuesday night. Gosling's moss-green suit attracted attention as an excellent choice for the often unconventional dresser, while Clooney, 50, joked with reporters about how well he was aging.

"I'm actually only 28 years old, so I'm actually not aging well at all," Clooney, who co-wrote and directed Ides of March, joked to Us Weekly. "The grayer you get, the more [audiences] don't want to see you in front of the camera. That's the truth!" Clooney brought his new girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, to the premiere, though the pair didn't pose together on the red carpet. They started dating a couple of months ago, not long after Clooney ended his two-year relationship with Italian model Elisabetta Canalis, who incidentally was voted off Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

Speaking in the context of the film, which stars Clooney as a Democratic presidential candidate on a fast track to the White House and Gosling as his strategic aide, Clooney spoke sympathetically about the moral compromises politicians face during their bids for elections. "I don't know whether anyone can do this cleanly," Clooney told the UK's Telegraph, before adding details about how he researched the role. "I spent 16 weeks in an office on K street with Republican operatives, Mary Matalin, Michael Deaver and James Carville. I worked with a bunch of them and I saw just how difficult it was for anyone in the political arena, on either side to not have to shake hands with people that made them not feel clean."

The Ides of March, which opens Friday, also stars Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti.

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