George Clooney recently sat down for a virtual interview with GQ, in a typical 2020 fashion, divulging interesting details.
From his motorcycle crash to why he gifted his 14 best friends $1 million each, George let it all out while his three-year-old son walked into the Zoom interview.
Back in the summer of 2018, the Oscar winner, 59, was in Italy shooting his series Catch-22 when, on his way to the set, he crashed his motorcycle while riding 75 miles an hour into a car. He went airborne and landed on his hands and knees on the ground.
Recalling the accident, he said, “When I hit the ground, my mouth—I thought all my teeth were broken out. But it was glass from the windshield.”
In the immediate aftermath of the accident, he thought about his twins, son Alexander and daughter Ella, whom he welcomed in June 2017 with wife Amal.
“Although my kids were like a year old, and mostly it was just the thought that this was it and that I wasn’t gonna see them again,” he shared. Since then, his wife, Amal, has forbidden him to ride again.
While the conversation touched many aspects of George’s life, his face suddenly lit up as his son – Alexander Clooney got into the frame.
The actor invited his son to greet the interviewer.
“Oh, hey! Here’s Alexander. Here’s my son. Come here! Say hi! Say hello! Say ‘Hi, Zach!’ ” said George.
“You’ve got chocolate on your face. Do you know that? What is that? Did you have chocolate?” he then asked his son, who responded with a “Yeah”.
Although the footage of the adorable interruption wasn’t included in the published profile, one could only imagine the little one with chocolate over the face.
The kind of fame and recognition that George has earned only a handful of people can match it. And with that, he has rolled in enough dollars that he gifted suitcases packed with $1 million to each of his 14 closest friends who helped him when he was “broke”.
Sharing details about it, George Clooney said, “Amal and I had just met, but we weren’t dating at all. I was a single guy. All of us were aging. I was 52 or something. And most of my friends are older than me.”
“I thought, what I do have are these guys who’ve all, over a period of 35 years, helped me in one way or another. I’ve slept on their couches when I was broke. They loaned me money when I was broke. They helped me when I needed help over the years. And I’ve helped them over the years,” he continued.
“We’re all good friends. And I thought, without them, I don’t have any of this. And we’re all really close, and I just thought basically if I get hit by a bus, they’re all in the will. So why the f–k am I waiting to get hit by a bus?”
The next day, he invited his friends. He told no one but his assistant “and a couple of security guys that were shitting themselves. And we brought it up, and I bought 14 Tumi bags, and then I packed in a million bucks, cash, which isn’t as much as you think it is, weight-wise, into these Tumi bags.”