Imagine being offered millions of dollars for a single day’s work. Well, that was George Clooney’s reality – but he turned it down.
The award-winning actor was sent a jaw-dropping offer of $35 million to feature in an airline commercial, but after a conversation with his wife, human rights lawyer Amal, he said it wasn’t “worth it”.
“It was (associated with) a country that, although it’s an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought ‘Well, if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it,’” he explained to The Guardian.
Clooney, 60, married Amal in 2014 in a star-studded ceremony in Venice. The pair have two children together – twins Ella and Alexander, who were born in June 2017.
Speaking about his recently directed film, The Tender Bar, released in October at the London Film Festival, Clooney said he enjoyed taking a break from the “pretty dark” movies he tends to work on.
“Most of the films I do are pretty dark and this one felt light, and it felt like the world was pretty dark, so I wanted to work on something that was a little lighter, you know,” he said.
The coming-of-age film is set in New York and based on a book of the same name by JR Moehringer, which tells the story of a boy who seeks father figures at a bar run by his uncle. It stars Ben Affleck as bar owner Charlie, with Tye Sheridan playing his nephew J.R.
The Tender Bar will hit UK cinemas on 17 December.