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Clooney talks politics at Berlinale

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 01:27

George Clooney weighs in on the global refugee crisis and U.S. politics while promoting his new movie at the Berlin film festival. Holly Rubenstein reports.

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Hollywood superstar George Clooney is in Berlin for the international film festival. He's in the German capital with his new comedy, the Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!'. But while promoting his movie, talk quickly to turned to politics. After meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, alongside his wife, human rights lawyer, Amal, Clooney reflected on the global refugee crisis. SOUNDBITE: George Clooney, actor, saying (English): ''For me the refugee crisis is not just the Syrian refugee which is a huge one and the largest, you know there's still IDPs (Internally displaced person) and refugees in South Sudan, in Darfur, that's still millions of people and they are still dying in the same way so it's really all over the world - 60 million displaced people right now in the world - it's just a terrible, terrible time for it.'' Clooney also weighed in on the current U.S. presidential campaign, in particular the views of Republican candidate, Donald Trump. SOUNDBITE: George Clooney, actor, saying (English): ''I mean there is some sort of extreme voices out there, I always have to caution people when they watch American politics - we go a little crazy during the political season and it's a very long season and the xenophobic, fascist sort of no muslims are going to be coming into the United States - that's never going to happen, you know that's not going to happen in the United States - that's not who we are, that's not who we have ever been." The Berlin Film Festival runs until February 21.

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Clooney talks politics at Berlinale

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 01:27