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George Clooney Recalls Thinking He Was Going to Die During His 2018 Motorcycle Accident

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In a new interview, George Clooney recalled the thoughts running through his head during his 2018 motorcycle accident.

Speaking with The Sunday Times, the actor recalled the moment he went airborne after crashing his motorbike into a car on his way to the set of the Hulu series Catch-22 in Sardinia, Italy. Clooney was taken to the hospital and discharged the same day. His wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, and their twins, Ella and Alexander Clooney, were with the actor as he wrapped up filming.

Though he said that he’s “fine now,” at the time of the accident, Clooney told the outlet, per People, “I was waiting for my switch to turn off.”

He recalled to the Times that a crowd of people gathered around him while he was on the ground and that some were even recording him. “If you’re in the public eye, what you realize when you’re on the ground thinking it’s the last minute of your life is that, for some people, it’s just going to be entertainment for their Facebook page,” he said. “I’m a pretty positive guy, but that told me—clearly—that you really are here just for their entertainment.”

He later added that he wanted to live to see his kids, whom he welcomed with Amal in 2017. “We have young kids,” he said. “I want to be able to live all of this.”

George and Amal Clooney arrive to the 2019 premiere of Catch-22 in Rome.

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Clooney also spoke about the experience in an interview with GQ last year. “My kids were like a year old,” he told the magazine, “and mostly it was just the thought that this was it and that I wasn’t gonna see them again.”

Now, the actor is grateful to be alive and healthy. “I said to Amal, knock on wood, I’m healthy,” he told the Times. “I still play basketball with the younger gang. I feel good. But in 20 years I’m 80—and 80 is a real number. I said the next 20 years are halcyon and we need to celebrate that, we should focus on the work we do being just the stuff we have to, that we feel in our chest.”


Associate Social Media and News Editor
Chelsey Sanchez is the Associate Social Media and News Editor for Harper’s BAZAAR, where she covers politics, social movements, and pop culture.

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