George Clooney thought he was living the “last minute of his life” after a serious motorcycle wreck in July 2018. As he laid on the hot pavement in Sardinia, Italy, the A-list actor said he had a dark realization about the nature of celebrity.
The Oceans 11 actor told the Sunday Times that he waited for “the switch to turn off” after he smashed into a car at 75 mph. Clooney flew over his handlebars and landed hard on the street after the car swerved into his lane. But he wouldn’t die in private. A crowd of people gathered around him to film what he believed to be his final moments.
“If you’re in the public eye, what you realize when you’re on the ground thinking it’s the last minute of your life is that, for some people, it’s just going to be entertainment for their Facebook page,” he told the Sunday Times. “I’m a pretty positive guy, but that told me — clearly — that you really are here just for their entertainment.”
The 60-year-old said he was angry that they wanted to turn his death into likes on social media.
Doctors at John Paul II Hospital treated his injuries to his pelvis, an arm, and a leg, PageSix reported. He said he is fine now.
George Clooney: Shooting on ‘Rust’ Set ‘Infuriating,’ ‘Insane’
George Clooney said he was angry as he learned about the shooting on the set of the movie Rust last month. Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene when a prop gun he was using fired and killed the cinematographer and injured the director.
Clooney called the shooting “infuriating” and “insane” while on the WTF with Marc Maron Podcast earlier this month. The Descendants star said there are safety protocols that the crew must follow to prevent these kinds of tragedies. But, he continued, actors have a responsibility to double-check that the firearm is safe before using it.
“Every single time I’m handed a gun on the set — every time — they hand me a gun, I look at it, I open it, I show it to the person I’m pointing it to, I show it to the crew,” Clooney said. “Every single take.”
It can be difficult to know if a bullet is a blank or live round though. So, as a last-ditch safety effort, Clooney said he” test a firearm before pointing it at anyone.
“I mean, every time I get handed a six-gun,” he said, “you point it at the ground and you squeeze it six times.”
It’s unclear if Baldwin did this. Reports say the crew told him it was a “cold” gun, meaning it had no ammunition when they handed it to him. Halyna Hutchins, a wife and mother, died when the bullet hit her in the abdomen. It struck writer/director Joel Souza in the shoulder. Doctors at a nearby hospital treated and released him that day.
Clooney called the shooting a needless tragedy that wouldn’t have happened but for “a lot of stupid mistakes.”