George Clooney Talks the Meaning of Life in Esquire (Photo Gallery)

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George Clooney is on the January cover of Esquire magazine, and the actor reveals his take on the meaning of life in the accompanying interview, which is written in Clooney’s first-person perspective. Naturally, some of the hot topics are money, politics and power.

“I get asked a lot about getting into politics,” he said. “I say, ‘Take a look at politics. You tell me what seems appealing about that.’” Clooney also noted that one of the Democrat Party’s biggest problems is that Democrats are “terrible at selling.”

Clooney also revealed that he hasn’t invested in the stock market. “To me, that’s like Vegas without the dancing girls — none of the fun, no gambling or dancing or drinking — and you don’t get to participate,” he explained. His financial investments are rooted in pragmatism: “It’s about having a foundation for when things go bad.”

Perhaps the most poignant passage from George Clooney’s interview in the Esquire January 2012 issue is the one in which he discusses pushing the limits at work. Here’s the excerpt:

I have a real interest in pushing some of the limits of things that studios don’t want to make. Because I can. I won’t be able to at some point in the near future. But right now I can, and while I can, I want to do it. So when you’re 80 years old and they ask you what you did, you can go, “When I had the keys to the car, I drove it as fast as I could and as hard as I could. I took it to places that the owner didn’t really want me to take it.”

That’s a fun thing to do. Understanding that at some point they’re going to come back and repossess the car. I don’t mind that. I just want to be able to say we gave it a shot when we had the time.

The whole Clooney interview is well worth the read — check it out here. Stills by Nigel Parry for Esquire appear below.

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