Movie star George Clooney tells Rolling Stone magazine in its latest issue that he contemplated taking his own life in 2005 after a stunt injury while filming “Syriana” – a movie that later won him Oscar and Golden Globe awards for best supporting actor.
“I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live,’” Clooney said in the interview with the magazine. “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.’”
The severe pain led Clooney to think about ways he could carry it out.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Fortunately, Clooney had surgery that successfully repaired the injury to his spine.
In other highlights from the article, the 50-year-old Clooney talks about losing his virginity at 16, growing up in the shadow of his TV newsman dad, and his current relationship with former WWE wrestler Stacy Keibler, 32.
“She can do whatever she wants,” Clooney said of Keibler tweeting about “smiling all day long.”
“I rarely tell anybody what they should be doing with their life.”