George Clooney is taking some high-profile shots against Steve Bannon. While at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his movie Suburbicon, Clooney let loose, reports Entertainment Weekly. In particular, he mocked the newly departed White House adviser for his unsuccessful attempt to succeed in Hollywood years ago. “Steve Bannon is a failed f—ing screenwriter, and if you’ve ever read [his] screenplay, it’s unbelievable," said Clooney. As the Daily Beast explains, Clooney is referring to a screenplay co-written by Bannon called The Thing I Am, which was reportedly a Shakespeare-based rap film set amid the Los Angeles riots. Clooney called it "one of the worst scripts I've ever read."
Clooney's profanity-laden diatribe (he also called Bannon a "pu---") apparently was a deliberate attack. “I like picking fights," he said. "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 added that had Bannon somehow become a screenwriter, he would begging Clooney to star in his movies today (though he used more inventive language). Bannon, meanwhile, gets a bit of the spotlight Sunday with an interview on 60 Minutes. CBS has released some excerpts in advance, here and here.