George Clooney Loses His Cool With Reporter Over Refugee Question

Ben Arnold
UK Movies Writer

Grill George Clooney on his philanthropic work, and he might just lose his rag.

That’s the lesson a Mexican journalist learned to her cost during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival yesterday.

The star was there to talk about his part in the new Coen brothers movie ‘Hail, Caesar!’, but things soon turned to humanitarian matters.

The reporter asked Clooney what he was doing that was 'concrete’ in helping out in the refugee crisis, rather than making movies, and should use his fame to influence policy.

Visibly irritated by the question, he countered: “In fact, I work on a lot of these things, and have gone to places that are very dangerous.

“I have every interest, and I’m meeting with refugees tomorrow. What is it specifically that you have done for the refugees? Because I’m confused.

“I spend a lot of my time working on these things. And it’s sort of an odd thing to have someone stand up and say 'what do you do’? That’s a very odd question for me. But it’s fine. Knock yourself out.”

Clooney is known for his activism, initially for having helped to draw worldwide attention to the crisis in Dafur in 2006, when he visited the war-ravaged country.

His wife Amal Clooney is also a respected human rights lawyer.

Later on during the conference however, he admitted: “The unfortunate thing about the film community is we react to situations much more than we lead the way.

“I’ve often struggled to make a film about Sudan, about Darfur, a subject that’s very close to me. But I haven’t been able to find the proper script.”

He’s since said that America isn’t doing enough to assist in the refugee crisis.

“The US needs to do more as we know, taking 10,000 refugees a year is not enough, that’s clear,” he told reporters at the premiere of the movie. 

He and wife Amal have since met with with German chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the matter.

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