Call him a reluctant optimist, but actor George Clooney is now in President-elect Donald Trump‘s corner.
The fervent Hillary Clinton supporter was in London on Monday for a reception for his film documentary about Syrian rescue workers, “The White Helmets,” when Clooney suggested that while not excited, he is willing to give Trump a chance.
“We have to hope that [Trump] can do a decent job, because when the president of the United States fails, really terrible things happen,” Clooney said, according to The Hill.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2017
“When we first needed a president, we had George Washington,” Clooney said. “We had Jefferson, Adams.”
“When we had the Civil War, we had Lincoln,” he continued.
“I think we’re going to be a little unlucky now,” Clooney said in response to Donald Trump being elected president. “I can only hope for the best.”
The glimmer of heavily-guarded optimism was likely a hard pill to swallow from the actor who emphatically declared in May that “there’s not going to be a President Donald Trump. That’s not going to happen.”
Well, it’s happening. And Clooney can add himself to the very short list of Hollywood types who aren’t in complete denial about it.