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George Clooney really hates ‘little wannabe writer’ Steve Bannon

George Clooney arrives for the premiere of ‘Suburbicon’ during the 74th Venice Film Festival in Italy on Sept. 2. (Claudio Onorati/European Pressphoto Agency-EFE)
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George Clooney has made no secret of his distaste for Stephen K. Bannon, and throughout the weekend he offered a few choice words for President Trump’s former chief strategist, so choice that many of them cannot be repeated in this family newspaper.

Clooney, an activist Democrat, let loose while speaking to journalists to promote his new film “Suburbicon” at the Toronto Film Festival, with a special focus on Breitbart News, the conservative outlet Bannon founded.

“I like picking fights. I like that Breitbart News wants to have my head,” Clooney said, Entertainment Weekly reported. “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.]”

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“Steve Bannon is a failed … screenwriter, and if you’ve ever read [his] screenplay, it’s unbelievable,” Clooney said. “Now, if he’d somehow managed miraculously to get that thing produced, he’d still be in Hollywood, still making movies and licking my a‑‑ to get me to do one of his stupid-a‑‑ screenplays.”

Breitbart News covered the event, using the headline “Triggered: George Clooney has full blown meltdown over Steve Bannon.”

Clooney doubled-down on these comments in a profanity-laden interview with the Daily Beast on Saturday, again discussing Bannon’s screenwriting. He called Bannon an expletive also infamously used by Trump last year in a recorded conversation with Billy Bush.

“Steve Bannon is a little wannabe writer who would do anything in the world to have had a script made in Hollywood,” Clooney told the Daily Beast. “He wrote one of the worst scripts I’ve ever read — and I’ve read it. His fake Shakespeare-rap script about the L.A. riots. Oh, you’ve gotta read it!”

Clooney added it was “terrible.”

The screenplay he referred to was for “The Thing I Am,” a hip-hop musical loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” and set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. According to Vanity Fair, the script is filled with the n-word.

Bannon did not directly respond to Clooney’s criticism, but he complained about wealthy, left-leaning individuals criticizing him on Sunday night during an appearance on “60 Minutes.”

“I don’t need to be lectured by a bunch of, by a bunch of limousine liberals, okay, from the Upper East Side of New York and from the Hamptons,” Bannon said.

Clooney also attacked Bannon earlier this year.

In February, Clooney told French news organization Canal Plus that Bannon was a “failed film writer and director.”

“He wrote a Shakespearean rap musical about the L.A. riots that he couldn’t get made,” Clooney told Canal Plus. “He made a lot of money off of ‘Seinfeld.’ He’s elitist Hollywood, I mean that’s the reality.”

Clooney has long been outspoken politically, and he railed against the Trump administration ever since the former reality television star entered politics.

“There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump,” Clooney said after Trump announced his candidacy. “That’s not going to happen. Fear is not going to be … what drives our country. We’re not going to be scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We’re not actually afraid of anything. We’re not going to use fear. So that’s not going to be an issue.”

On Fox and Friends, Trump responded, “As far as George Clooney is concerned, let’s put it this way — he’s no Cary Grant.”

Former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon was interviewed on “60 Minutes.” Here’s what he said Republican leadership and the Russia investigation. (Video: Amber Ferguson, Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

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