George Clooney did an interview with the Guardian to promote his new movie, The Tender Bar, starring Ben Affleck. George discussed fame, raising his 4-year-old twins during the pandemic, politics, his childhood, blah blah blah the usual bullshit. The real takeaway is George sharing that he turned down $35 million to appear in an airline commercial. For just one day’s work! So why’d he turn it down? He already sold his soul for those annoying Nespresso ads. Well, apparently the airline was associated with a country that is “questionable at times” and after a very serious discussion with his wife Amal Clooney, he decided it wasn’t worth it. Oh right, principles. I’m too broke to have those.
The article starts by pointing out that George earned over £30 million for his Nespresso commercials and potentially $1 billion after he sold his Casamigos tequila company. The interviewer asked George if he ever thinks, “You know what? I think I have enough money now.” Here’s his response, via the Guardian:
Unruffled as the silver hair on his head, Clooney leans forward, as if he is about to confide in me. “Well, yeah. I was offered $35m for one day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal [Clooney, the human rights lawyer he married in 2014] about it and we decided it’s not worth it. It was [associated with] a country that, although it’s an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought: ‘Well, if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.’”
“Unruffled as the silver hair on his head.” HA! I’m stealing that.
Google says George’s net worth is about $500 million, so he’s very rich, bitch, even without that massive payday. But $35 million is still nothing to sniff at. That would be 14% of his riches. 14% of the money currently in my bank account is like… $140? And I would do terrible, heinous things for that kind of cash.
I can’t figure out how much George was paid to star in this Japanese beer commercial from 2014, but I hope it was worth it. Because, as we all know, Japan is questionable at times (too many snow monkeys and volcanos!):