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Clooney: Hitler was a failed artist

George Clooney has said World War II may have been avoided if Hitler had got into art school.

The Hollywood star wrote and directed new comedy drama The Monuments Men, about a squad of WWII soldiers who are determined to steal back all of the art Hitler's army stole during the Nazi invasion on Europe.

George appeared on The Daily Show to discuss the movie, and shared a joke with host Jon Stewart about the fascist dictator's own failings as an artist.

George revealed: "It's true. There were three artists that were trying to get in to this Austrian art school and two of them got in and Hitler didn't. I think it probably would have been better if he went to art school!"

The Monuments Men has an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett and George himself.

George explained the film, joking: "Here's the thing. Apparently Hitler was a pretty bad guy! And on top of killing everyone he also decided that he would steal all the art in all of Europe, just to really make sure he was a schmuck.

"He stole 6 million pieces of art , some of the most important pieces of art in our history and was building a giant museum to put it all in, and he was hiding them in salt mines all over Austria.

"But he was also destroying a lot of art. He burned a lot of Picassos and Salvador Dalis because he called it degenerate art. He was basically trying to destroy the culture of all these people he had already killed and pretend it didn't exist."

::The Daily Show airs at 11pm on Comedy Central Extra

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