George Clooney Contemplates Sacrificing Acting Career: Balancing Public Aspirations and Private Bliss
The highly-regarded actor and activist George Clooney, 62, has expressed contemplations about potentially leaving his illustrious Hollywood career behind for pursuits of greater purpose. However, sources suggest he worries this significant shift could jeopardize his harmonious marriage.
Clooney and his accomplished attorney wife, Amal, 45, together manage the Clooney Foundation for Justice, championing human rights causes. Yet, according to insiders, they've purposefully maintained separate professional pursuits to ensure a wholesome equilibrium in their marital life, especially with their six-year-old twins, Alexander and Ella, in the mix.
A close associate shared, "George expresses a desire to immerse himself more in Amal's world, but he's also conscious of preserving their individual spaces. He confesses that he has pondered giving up acting and perhaps even venturing into public service."
This realization springs from Clooney's apprehension that merging their public responsibilities too deeply with their private lives could destabilize their cherished marital harmony.
For now, Clooney seems pleased to be on set filming the action-packed thriller "Wolves", sharing screen space with long-time friend Brad Pitt.
The friend further revealed, "Deep within, George aspires to continue his acting journey as long as his audience embraces him. Amal respects this sentiment." She realizes the necessity of maintaining their individual professional arenas to ensure the health of their marriage.
While Clooney's reflections indicate a potential new direction, it's clear that preserving the harmony of his marital life remains a primary concern. As one of Hollywood's most admired couples, their successful balance of individual pursuits and shared goals continues to inspire many.
George and Amal Clooney Advocate for the Repeal of Malaysia's Sedition Act
Hollywood icons and human rights activists, George and Amal Clooney, in conjunction with several civil rights organizations, are urging Malaysia's Unity Government, led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, to honor its previous commitment to repeal the Sedition Act of 1948, a colonial-era statute.
Nine organizations have collaboratively drafted a letter addressed to Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Law and Institutional Reforms, delineating their demands.
As per reports by The Vibes, these groups have criticized the Act as an infringement on international principles regarding freedom of expression and the rule of law. They argue, "In Malaysia, this outdated colonial relic remains in effect and continues to be enforced, despite promises for its repeal or reform from Pakatan Harapan and previous administrations."
In the shared letter, these groups pointed to the case of Wan Ji Wan Hussin, a preacher prosecuted under this act for making alleged seditious statements against the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, a decade ago.
"Wan Ji's case serves as a stark reminder that consecutive Malaysian governments have failed to fulfill their commitments to repeal the Sedition Act, which has been primarily wielded to suppress political opposition and limit online press freedom," the letter stated. In 2019, Wan Ji was handed a one-year jail sentence for his comments against Sultan Sharafuddin made in a Facebook post in 2012. His sentence was stayed pending an appeal, which is still underway.
The joint letter also cited ex-Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's recurring promises to eradicate the law when he led the Barisan Nasional government.
Anwar, prior to his election, assured in the 14th and 15th general elections manifesto that a key agenda for the Pakatan Harapan coalition, if elected, would be to review and discard the "draconian provisions" of numerous laws, including the Sedition Act.
Despite these assurances, Deputy to Minister Said, Ramkarpal Singh stated in March that the government has no immediate plans to abolish the Sedition Act.