George Clooney: 'Directing is more creative'

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George Clooney directs and stars in this 2011 political drama, which is based on the play by Beau Willimon. The film follows a young press spokesman (Ryan Gosling) who falls prey to backroom politics, the treacherous manipulations of veteran operatives and the seduction of a young intern (Evan Rachel Wood). Also starring Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Max Minghella.
September 8th, 2011

George Clooney finds directing "more creative" than acting.

The 50-year-old star loved the experience of working behind the camera as well as in front for political drama 'The Ides of March' - about a young press secretary working on a US presidential campaign - and believes the cast he assembled helped him enjoy his time as a filmmaker.

He said: "I enjoy directing, it's a very fun thing to do. Working with people who've done it as well, I think they would probably agree that it feels a little bit more creative directing. But it's awfully easy when you have people like Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling, Jeffrey Wright etc.

"I can promise you that it's a lot easier when you have really wonderful actors. It was a great experience, I like directing a lot."

George is particularly glad he got "so lucky" with the casting, and everyone who he asked and wanted for roles agreed to take part.

He said: "Luckily we were able to put together such an incredible cast. I really don't know how we got quite so lucky, if I'm honest. The first person we cast was Ryan Gosling, the first person we asked was Ryan.

"We sent it to him and asked him if he would do it. We called pretty much everyone around the same time, luckily it was first choices for everyone."