George Clooney is one of the most respected actors of our time, and one of the few still compared to the Golden Age of Hollywood.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â And yet, in 2005, he was considered throwing it all away by taking his own life.
In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Clooney talks about a massive spinal injury he suffered while filming SYRIANA back in 2005.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The role earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, but the pain was so severe, he almost couldn’t take it anymore:
“I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live’…I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this’…You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine. It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I’d get there. See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.”
Luckily, the veteran actor made it through.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This year has been one of his best, with his third directorial effort, THE IDES OF MARCH, as well as Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS both getting rave reviews.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Clooney is so confident in the latter movie, that he says it needs to get nominated for some awards:
“If it’s not nominated for Best Picture, I’ll be shocked. It’s that good.”
The new issue of Rolling Stone is on newsstands now.