George Clooney has done something only a mega-rich Hollywood star could do, and yet people are still shocked by it.
The 59-year-old actor revealed in an interview with GQ Magazine published Tuesday that he “paid back” some of his closest friends who helped him out while he was struggling during his early career.
‘Paid back’ meaning... he gave each of his 14 closest friends a million dollars, in cash.
He told the magazine he wanted to share his wealth with his friends, saying: "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.”
"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?” he continued.
Clooney then explained that he had to collect the $14m in cash from a secret location – very Ocean’s Eleven vibes – in Los Angeles, saying there were "giant pellets of cash".
To transport the money, he drove an old van that said "florist" on the side, only telling his assistant and "a couple of security guys" who were clearly shocked.
People across Twitter could not believe the somewhat outrageous, movie-plot-like story. Some criticised the movie star for spending vast amounts of money seemingly frivolously.
“Really generous of him, but even better would be quietly donating money to American ppl who are struggling- unemployed, homeless, hungry, sick, struggling to pay their bills,” one person commented on Twitter.
Others disagreed, saying that Clooney did not “owe you anything” and that what he did was “wonderful”.
But mostly, fans just joked about what many would see as a fantasy situation, saying “imagine being George Clooney's 15th closest friend”.
Back to the story: the next day after picking up the cash, Clooney’s friends came over to collect his gift.
He said, "And I just held up a map and I just pointed to all the places I got to go in the world and all the things I've got to see because of them. And I said: 'How do you repay people like that?'"
He continued: "And I said: 'Oh, well: How about a million bucks?'”
Oh to have friends in high places...