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George Clooney once gave 14 friends $1 million each -- in cash

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

He shared the anecdote in an interview with GQ, which crowned Clooney its Icon of the Year, among other honorees like Megan Thee Stallion and Trevor Noah.

(CNN)George Clooney's a family man now.

He mostly stays off screen, opting to spend time with his young children and his wife, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

But before he settled down, he squeezed in one more outrageous, if generous, caper when he visited a warehouse in an undisclosed location to pick up $14 million in cash to surprise his 14 closest friends with.

He shared the anecdote in an interview with GQ, which crowned Clooney its Icon of the Year, among other honorees like Megan Thee Stallion and Trevor Noah.

Clooney sets the scene in his interview.

The film wasn't expected to be a hit when it was released in 2013, so Clooney said he was given "percentages of the movie" in lieu of a salary.

The astronaut thriller ended up being a hit anyway, so Clooney walked away with a few million dollars.

So, instead of saving it, he opted to give it away -- in cash -- to his closest friends.

"And I thought, you know, without them I don't have any of this," he said of his friends.

As Clooney tells GQ's Zach Baron, he drove an old van to a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles where "they have giant pallets of cash," filled luggage with $14 million worth and called his friends over to his home.

It's one of several personal tidbits Clooney shares in the expansive interview, in which he also discusses how he learned the art of acting on "ER," the time he fell and spinal fluid leaked from his nose on a film set and the motorcycle accident from which he miraculously emerged relatively unscathed.

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