George Clooney said "really terrible things happen" when the president of the United States fail. So despite not voting for Donald Trump, he hopes the President-elect succeeds in office.
"We have to hope that he can do a decent job, because when the president of the United States fails, really terrible things happen," Clooney said Monday at a London reception for Syria rescue-workers documentary "The White Helmets."
"I think we're going to be a little unlucky now," Clooney said of Trump's upcoming presidency. "I can only hope for the best."
The actor couldn't help but take a swipe at Trump following the president-elect's tweet that actress Meryl Streep is "overrated." Streep took aim at Trump in a speech at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards.
"Aren't you supposed to be running the country?" Clooney asked Trump rhetorically, according to People magazine.
Clooney's production company is working on a feature-film version of the story of the Syrian Civil Defense "White Helmets," search-and-rescue teams who have gained international recognition for rescuing people from bombed-out buildings in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
He and his lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, have given their support to the Netflix-backed documentary, which is on the 10-strong Academy Awards shortlist for best documentary short.
Clooney said that as a celebrity, "I can't change policy ... but I can make things louder.
"The White Helmets are the heroes. So if I can help them out at all, and people can know about it, in any way possible, that's a good use of celebrity, I think."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.