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George Clooney Turned Down $35 Million for Single Work Day

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George Clooney has revealed that he once turned down $35 million for one singular day of work.

And now, he’s explained the reason why.

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Now, George Clooney is one of the most loved celebrities of all time…

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Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Clooney quickly evolved to become part of Hollywood’s elite.

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But he didn’t start off acting in the typical way…

Clooney’s close cousin got him a little role in a feature film and that made him want to pursue a fully-fledged career in the world of TV and film.

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And from there on, his career skyrocketed…

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Behind him stands an impressive track record of notorious work including From Dusk Till Dawn, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, and Syriana.

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But he isn’t just well known for his acting…

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The actor famously founded “Not On Our Watch” – an organization that aims to stop the genocide in Sudan – with his Ocean’s Eleven co-stars, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, and producer Jerry Weintraub.

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His humanitarian organization also donated a staggering $500,000 to the cause…

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With much of the funding going through the United Nations World Food Program.

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And he’s incredibly generous too…

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One of the actor’s longtime friends, Rande Gerber, told MSNBC that Clooney had invited his closest friends over for dinner one night only to surprise them each with a lavish gift…

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Suitcases each filled with a million dollars.

Extravagant doesn’t even describe it.

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George Cluney himself even opened up about it…

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In a profile with GQ, the actor told the full story of that now-famous gift giving – and it turns out it actually happened.

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Clooney explained how the gesture happened just before the premiere of Gravity in 2013.

The movie wound up being a “very good deal” for him, he said, because he was paid based on percentages of box-office revenue.

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So he decided to give a little back to those closest to him…

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He explained: “And I thought, what I do have are these guys who’ve all, over a period of thirty-five years, helped me in one way or another.”

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He elaborated…

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“I’ve slept on their couches when I was broke. They loaned me money when I was broke. They helped me when I needed help over the years. And I’ve helped them over the years.”

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He thought, why wait?

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“We’re all good friends, and I thought, you know, without them, I don’t have any of this. And we’re all really close, and I just thought basically if I get hit by a bus, they’re all in the will. So why the f*** am I waiting to get hit by a bus?”

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According to GQ, Clooney’s research led him to “an undisclosed location” in Los Angeles where pallets of cash are held for sale.

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“So Clooney got an old beat-up van that said ‘Florist’ on it like he was in a heist movie, and he drove downtown, and he got in an elevator with the florist’s van, and he took the van down to the vault and loaded it up with cash,” the GQ reporter Zach Baron wrote in the profile. “He told no one but his assistant ‘and a couple of security guys that were s****ing themselves.'”

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When they finally arrived, Clooney gave a heartwarming speech about how much they had meant to him…

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And said he wanted to give back, before presenting them with the suitcases.
“We open it up, and it’s $1 million in $20 bills,” Gerber told MSNBC. “Every one of us – fourteen of us – got a million dollars. Every single one of us. We were in shock. Like, ‘What is this?'”

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He clearly has a lot of good friends…

And as you can see, Clooney seems to be a pretty well-rounded man on and off-screen, so it’s no wonder why he has so many fans.

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The latest news is that Clooney was once offered $35 million for a single day of work.

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But Clooney rejected the huge offer after speaking to his wife, human rights lawyer, Amal.

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Speaking to The Guardian, Clooney said:

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“I was offered 35 million dollars for one day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal about it and we decided it’s not worth it.”

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“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’.”

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Clooney, however, did not explicitly name the associated country.

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