George Clooney arrived at the Venice Film Festival and was spotted taking a boat ride on the Venice Grand Canal.


Clooney is in Venice promoting his latest film Suburbicon, which he both write and directed. It will be premiering Saturday night at the Festival. He will be joined on the red carpet by the film’s stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal Clooney came to the festival after welcoming twins Ella and Alexander back in July. He recently did an interview with USA Today about becoming a first-time father at age 56. “I just have to clean the barf off of my tux. It used to be my barf but now it’s the twins’ barf. So it all works out,” joked the actor. “Suddenly, you’re responsible for other people, which is terrifying.” Talking about his wife, he continued, George continued, “She’s like an Olympic athlete. She’s doing so beautifully. Right now my job is changing diapers and walking them around a little bit, I really didn’t think at 56 that I would be the parent of twins. Don’t make plans. You always have to just enjoy the ride.”

Suburbicon looks into the racial tensions of 1950s suburbia, and is now more relevant than ever, the star believes. “I last week screened it for my good friend Norman Lear. When it was over, he looked over and said, ‘This is the angriest film I’ve ever seen,'” said Clooney. “It’s a pretty angry film. There’s a lot of anger out there. I think that’s reflected in the film… The main idea of the film was to pick some fights and I always like picking fights.”

The film actually comes from a never-made Coen brothers movie based on 1950s Levittown, Pennsylvania, specifically about a black family moving into town in 1957. “I found it interesting to talk about building walls and scapegoating minorities,” said Clooney. “I think that’s always an interesting topic but particularly when I was hearing these conversations on the campaign trail. I thought: It’s always good to look back and remember that nothing really is new and every time we’re shocked, we forget that we’ve had this behavior time and time and time again.”

The film is especially relevant in the Donald Trump era, after events like the tragedy in Charlottesville. “We made the movie last year and it’s incredible to see what’s happened in Charlottesville. It’s horrible,” said Damon. “A lot of people, myself included, are really waking up to the extent of the existing racism, and it’s so much worse than I naively thought.”

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