Cinema Just before Gravity was released in 2013
George Clooney has revealed how he once gave out one million dollars each to 14 of his closest friends.
The film star is known for being charitable, but he took it to another level in 2013, ahead of the release of Gravity.
“[His current wife] Amal and I had just met, but we weren’t dating at all,” Clooney told GQ. “I was a single guy. All of us were ageing. I was 52 or something. And most of my friends are older than me.”
“Because they didn’t want to pay us, they gave us percentages of the movie, ’cause they thought it was gonna be a flop, and that ended up being a very good deal.”
This was before Clooney and Rande Gerber had sold their tequila company for one billion dollars and before he had started a family.
“And 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,” Clooney continued. “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.
“We’re all good friends. And I thought, you know, 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*** am I waiting to get hit by a bus?
“You know, it’s funny. I remember talking to one really rich asshole who I ran into in a hotel in Vegas-certainly a lot richer than I am. And I remember the story about the cash had come out, and he was like, ‘Why would you do that?’ And I was like, ‘Why wouldn’t you do that, you schmuck?'”