George Clooney
has no intention of giving up his movie star status to become a politician, but he's not so much of a movie star that he won't allow you to photograph him. This morning, he asked the Telluride Film Fest to reverse its ban on taking photos of him while he's in town with his film 'The Descendants.'

Clooney plays a presidential candidate in his new film, 'The Ides of March,' but despite all his political activism, the actor has no interest in making that role a real one.

At the film's debut at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, Clooney said, "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. And he's having an almost impossible time governing. Why would anybody volunteer for that job?

It is a pretty thankless job. Perhaps Matt Damon will step in? (Okay, we know he's not interested either.)
Clooney, who also directed 'Ides,' said, "I have a really good job. I get to hang out with very seductive people. So I have no interest." Reviews for the film are mixed, with Variety calling it "implausible, toothless and weirdly dated."

And in other Clooney film festival news, he's bringing his other big fall movie, 'The Descendants,' to Telluride, Colorado. Journalists were startled to get an email this morning instructing them not to photograph the star.

"I wanted to give you notice that there will be no photography allowed inside the theaters at any of the George Clooney events. This includes the tribute and screenings, intros and Q&As of 'The Descendants,'" the email read.

The festival quickly reversed itself after Clooney himself asked them to lift it. So, snap away, reporters! Image courtesy Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

[via Young Hollywood, LA Times]