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While speaking to journalists at the Toronto International Film Festival Friday, George Clooney ripped into the White House’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Clooney, while promoting his latest film “Suburbicon” at the festival, said that he relishes upsetting Breitbart News, which Bannon is the executive chairman of.
“I like picking fights. I like that Breitbart News wants to have my head. I’d be ashamed 10 years from now if those weaselly little putzes, whose voices are getting a lot higher every week as this presidency starts to look worse and worse weren’t still [after me],” Clooney said.
Clooney then continued to call Bannon out for his screenwriting abilities, or lack thereof:
“Steve Bannon is a failed f—ing screenwriter, and if you’ve ever read [his] screenplay, it’s unbelievable. Now, if he’d somehow managed miraculously to get that thing produced, he’d still be in Hollywood, still making movies and licking my a– to get me to do one of his stupid a– screenplays.”
The actor and director has always been one of Bannon’s harshest critics, and quick to point out his failed career in Hollywood.
Bannon is known for earning money off of the Seinfeld syndication deal (although the jury is still out on whether or not he really made money from the deal), and for his brief and stint in Hollywood, which resulted in little more than an un-produced hip-hop Shakespeare screenplay “Coriolanus.”