George Clooney has said he was ‘waiting for my switch to go off’ after he was in a motorcycle accident that could have killed him.
In a new interview with The Sunday Times, the Hollywood icon reflected on the moment he thought was ‘the last minute of my life’ as well as turning 60 years old.
Back in 2018, George was driven to the hospital after being hit by a car in Sardinia while on the Italian island filming Catch 22, a television adaptation of Joseph Heller’s book of the same name.
Opens up: ‘I was waiting for my contact to switch off’: George Clooney discussed his motorcycle accident in 2018 in a new interview
The accident happened when a Mercedes turned in front of him and Clooney was thrown from the bike and crashed into the windshield.
The driver called Italian carabinieri, who sent the municipal police, an ambulance and the fire brigade – and while George was on the ground, he realized that a crowd was gathering and people were filming him on their phones.
George remembered the accident and said, ‘I was waiting for my switch to turn off. I’m fine now.
“If you’re in the public eye, it’s what you realize when you’re on earth and think it’s the last minute of your life that for some people it’s just going to be entertainment for their Facebook page.”
Trial: In 2018, while filming for Catch 22 on the Italian island of Sardinia, the 60-year-old actor was driven to hospital after a Mercedes turned in front of him (pictured in 2012)
George, who also ventured into the film world throughout his 43-year career, admitted that he is a ‘pretty positive guy’, but that moment told him he was there ‘for their entertainment’.
Back in May, the Ocean’s Eleven star marked a milestone birthday – his 60th birthday – with his wife of seven years, Amal.
‘Becoming 60 is a skirt. But it’s it or dead, he said.
Support: Back in May, the Ocean’s Eleven star marked a milestone birthday – his 60th birthday – with his seven-year-old wife, Amal (paired in the picture in 2019)
The Oscar winner also recalled how he told lawyer Amal ‘knock on the tree, I am healthy’.
He’s also part of a game of basketball with the ‘younger gang’, but George is already thinking ahead to his 80s.
He described the next 20 years as ‘halcyon’ and ended the big interview by expressing his desire to celebrate it.
Looking ahead: The Oscar winner described the next 20 years as ‘halcyon’ and ended the big interview by expressing his desire to celebrate it (photo 2019)