George Clooney was involved in a pretty scary motorcycle accident back in 2018 that he feared could have claimed his life! As Entertainment Tonight shares, Clooney recently talked to GQ after being named the magazine's Icon of the Year, opening up about the harrowing incident in a special interview.
Clooney says motorcycle crash "knocked me out of my shoes"
Clooney shared that the crash had been the result of an unexpected move from another motorcyclist. "He literally turned directly in front of me. I launched. I go head over heels," the actor told GQ. "But I landed on my hands and knees. If you did it 100 times, maybe once you land on your hands and knees, and any other version you land, you're toast. It knocked me out of my shoes."
After his unexpected fall, Clooney said he feared the worst. "When I hit the ground, my mouth — I thought all my teeth were broken out," he said. "But it was glass from the windshield." He also revealed he didn't have any deep thoughts as it was all happening! "You know, not really," he admitted upon being asked. "Although my kids were like a year old, and mostly it was just the thought that this was it and that I wasn't gonna see them again."
Clooney talks about feeling like his accident was a spectacle
Clooney was with his friend and production partner Grant Heslov when his motorcycle accident happened, and vividly remembers the moment. "I was on the ground. I was really screaming. Like, really screaming," he explained. "And Grant came back, and he was screaming at everybody to get an ambulance, and I remember everybody got out of their cars, they stopped in the middle of the street, and all these people came and stood over me and just pulled out their phones and started taking video."
The actor went on to share how the moment of seeing onlookers treat the accident like a spectacle has really stuck with him. "It's a funny thing. I'm not a cynical guy, and I really tend to look at life and try to find the good in everything," he said. "But I'll never forget the moment that what I thought might be my last few moments was for everyone else a piece of entertainment."
Clooney's new movie Midnight Sky was released on Netflix last month, and while promoting it at the 64th BFI London Film Festival, the actor revealed he was almost cast in the romantic drama The Notebook opposite Ryan Gosling!