George Clooney talks dogs, kids and Coen Brothers at Toronto Film Festival

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George Clooney talks dogs, kids and Coen Brothers at Toronto Film Festival

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George Clooney at the Toronto Film Festival. Contributed by Charles Ealy

Editor’s note: Freelance writer Charles Ealy is covering the Toronto Film Festival for the Austin American-Statesman. On Friday, he interviewed actor George Clooney, whose movie “Suburbicon” is scheduled to open in Austin on Oct. 27.  

It was a big week for George Clooney, director of the new movie "Suburbicon," a rather explicit takedown of 1950s racism and suburbia.

The new father of twins was just in Venice for the world premiere of the film, and that's where he and his wife, Amal, got married. So it's one of his favorite spots. But he has also had a long relationship with the Toronto International Film Festival, where his movie premiered over the weekend.

Clooney said that he and Amal made a stop in Kentucky to introduce the twins to his dad, Nick Clooney, a longtime anchorman. And he also noted some sadnes: He had to put to sleep his longtime dog, Einstein, a rescue cocker spaniel.

Most of the discussion late Friday centered on the politics of the movie, which the unabashedly liberal Clooney seemed eager to discuss. But it would be hard to get into the details of that talk without the proper context, so more on that later.

Let's just say that Clooney was animated and happy about his movie's prospects. It's clearly a passion project -- something that probably would never have been made if he hadn't rescued the Coen Brothers script from oblivion.

By the way, Clooney calls filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen "the boys."

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