George Clooney Speaks Out After Arrest

Celebrity News Mar. 19, 2012 AT 12:03PM
George Clooney Speaks Out After Arrest Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

George Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC Friday, but that hasn't stopped the 50-year-old actor from fighting for what he believes in.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, The Descendants star accused the country's president, Omar al-Bashir, of "bombing indiscriminate, innocent civilians with Antonov planes."

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Clooney also pointed out that al-Bashir has "programmed" his citizens to live in fear, thus limiting their chances of survival.

"They kill people -- one village we were in, there were 34 people killed in the last two months, and it's a small village -- so they kill people, but more than that, they're keeping them hiding in the rocks, in the caves, so that they can't farm, and they miss their planting season this year," Clooney explained. "This is the oldest society in the world, if you read the Bible. These people have been there forever, and now they're not going to be able to feed themselves coming up in the next few months."

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Clooney has visited the war-torn nation in the past -- and he too has come close to losing a limb as the result of a bomb explosion.

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"We're standing on top of this bush, and [our guide] pulls back the bush and there was this bomb. . . so then he kept messing with the bush, and I said, 'Maybe don't hit that thing with the stick so many times,'" Clooney said. "We were glad to get out of there."

Clooney admitted that he's using his celebrity status to bring attention to the ailing nation's plight.

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"I [asked my journalist father], 'Remember how you used to get all your stories bumped by, like, Liz Taylor or something happening in Hollywood?'" Clooney recalled. "I said, 'Well, let's go to Darfur and you be the newsman and I'll be Liz Taylor and let's get it on the air.'"

The actor didn't mind his brief arrest, as he's always been politically-minded and socially responsible. "I grew up in a family that believed that your job was to be involved with your fellow man," Clooney said. "You have a responsibility to participate in the human condition, one way or another."

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