Clooney told the crowd during a press conference for Our Brand Is Crisis in Los Angeles on Friday, that despite ongoing questions and rumors, he will never run for office.
“I’ve been asked that for almost 20 years now and the answer is just no,” Clooney said. “Who would ever want to live like that? I’m friends with a lot of those guys and I just think it’s hell.”
The actor, who produced the political dramedy Our Brand (in which he was originally pegged to star), said while he respects those in leadership positions, he doesn’t think he could handle the pressure and scrutiny.
“I commend people who go into public service because it’s such a horrible way to get elected, it’s such a horrible time while you’re in office,” he said. “It’s more polarized now probably, arguably, since the Civil War in many ways and I think people will argue over things they believed in six or eight years ago because it’s not their guy saying it.”
Of course, Clooney’s wife Amal, works as an accomplished human rights lawyer.
The Brit is currently defending former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, whom she says she feels has been wrongly imprisoned by a government that has a dangerous disregard for human rights and the democratic process.