George Clooney Pictures Ides of March Time Questions Event

George Clooney Jokes About Picking Ryan Gosling to Star in Ides of March: "He Was Cheaper"!

George Clooney was the subject of a talk for Time magazine.

George Clooney had a press-filled day promoting The Ides of March in NYC today ahead of this evening's red-carpet premiere in the city. George stopped off at the Time building for its 10 Questions Live series and paid a visit to David Letterman for a Late Show interview, which airs later tonight. George's latest directorial project, in which he also plays a political candidate, hits theaters this Friday after already receiving widely positive reviews at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals. George may not be interested in running for office in real life, but he's certainly a charmer, and he showed off his signature sense of humor as he joked about Ryan Gosling having a hard time finding work and why he's not on Twitter. Check out highlights from Clooney's TIME Q&A and check back tomorrow on PopSugar Rush for all the action from the premiere:

  • On choosing Gosling for the part: "He was cheaper. He hasn't worked in awhile. I felt bad for him . . . When we were adapting the screenplay, from the very beginning, we had been considering Ryan all along. He and I had long conversations about film a couple of years before so I always wanted to work with him. I liked him. I thought he was smart . . . He's an interesting actor. He's now in sort of every movie, but for a long period of time he was sort of the reluctant star."
  • On Twitter: "I don't Twitter, because I will drink in the evening and I don't want anything that I could possibly write at midnight to actually end my career."
  • On running for president: "No. I would run from."
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