Clooney, a staunch critic of President Donald Trump, made the comments while presenting Suburbicon, which deals with racism and conformism in 1950s America. It's a tale of darkness at the heart of the American dream.
Actor and director George Clooney and his wife Amal leaves the hotel before the red carpet for the movie Suburbicon at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 2, 2017. But it does speak to the fact that these issues have not, and are not, going away.
The 39-year-old human rights lawyer has become something of a human billboard for cosmetics guru Charlotte Tilbury, who has been revealing on social media every lotion and potion she has used to get Mrs Clooney all glammed up.
At a news conference earlier in the day, Clooney said the USA now is "probably the angriest I have ever seen the country, and I lived through the Watergate period of time". "I grew up in the South in the '60s and '70s during the civil rights movement". And of course we weren't.
But the filmmaker also said that Suburbicon was not "a movie about Trump" but was instead "a movie about our coming to terms constantly with the idea that we have never fully addressed our issues with race".
The movie stars Matt Damon - here in his second role at Venice, besides playing the main character in Alexander Payne's Downsizing - Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac. According to Variety, Clooney stated that being the next president "sounds like fun", a marked contrast from earlier remarks where he stated that going into politics sounded like hell.
The Hollywood star racked his brains to think of someone as talented as the Jason Bourne lead man but failed, adding: 'I'm trying to think if there's a better actor. The lovely community of Suburbicon erupts in anger when a black family moves in, and Clooney drew comparisons between the struggles in the film and a real life riot which happened in the suburb of Levittown, Pennsylvania, when a black family moved in.
"This is an all-new adventure for me, but I've been through it with all my friends, so it's not really that much of a surprise", he said. "But it is certainly angry, and it got angrier as we were shooting".