George Clooney and President Barack Obama at the actor's fundraiser for the U.S. leader's re-election campaign at his home in Studio City, near Los Angeles, on May 10, 2012.

George Clooney and President Barack Obama at the actor’s fundraiser for the U.S. leader’s re-election campaign at his home in Studio City, near Los Angeles, on May 10, 2012.

*Tonight (Feb. 18), President Obama will host the cast and crew of Sony’s “The Monuments Men” for a screening at the White House.

George Clooney, who co-wrote, directed and stars in the movie, will be among the film’s stars representing at the closed-press event. He has history with the president, after hosting a May 2012 re-election fundraiser at his Studio City home that raised a then-record $15 million.

“We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George,” Obama said during that $40,000-a-ticket event. “They like me, they love him.”

“The Monuments Men,” also starring Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett, has grossed $46 million since its Feb. 7 opening, according to Deadline. The film is based on the true story of a World War II unit that was tasked with saving priceless art from the Nazis.

Below, Clooney explains his attraction to the project during the film’s Feb. 8 press conference at the Berlin Film Festival.