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Clooney rules out political move

George Clooney won't ever be tempted to run for US President - despite acting in and directing a political drama.

His film The Ides Of March opens the Venice Film Festival and features Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti.

George plays the presidential candidate, but told reporters at the festival he is not looking to be one in real life.

"As for running for president, look, there's a guy in office right now who is smarter than almost anyone you know, who's nicer and who has more compassion than almost anyone you know", the star said.

"And he's having an almost impossible time governing. Why would anybody volunteer for that job?

"I have a really good job. I get to hang out with very seductive people. So I have no interest," he said.

George, who has a villa in northern Italy on Lake Como, is a familiar face at the Lido. He's directed or acted in six films that have been shown in Venice since 2003, including Good Night And Good Luck, Burn After Reading and Michael Clayton.

The Ides Of March is George's first directorial effort to headline the festival. It is vying for the Golden Lion, which will be awarded on September 10.

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