George Clooney recalls chilling incident during his 2018 motorcycle accident


George Clooney thought he had reached the end of his life after a car crashed into his motorcycle. Photo: AFP

George Clooney's life flashed before him when his motorcycle collided with a car in 2018. As he lay on the ground following the crash, the actor came to a realisation.

The incident occurred on the Italian island of Sardinia, where the 60-year-old was filming his mini-series Catch 22 at the time.

While out on a motorcycle ride, a car made an unexpected turn into one of the lanes ahead of him and collided into his bike. Clooney was thrown over the handlebars and slammed into the windshield.

As the police, paramedics and fire department rushed to the scene, the Ocean's Eleven actor noticed his surroundings. As he lay on the road in pain, people had begun to crowd around him and started filming him. "If you’re in the public eye, what you realise 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 told The Sunday Times.

Clooney further added that despite being positive about the situation, in that moment he felt that people had just gathered for the entertainment and had no concern for his well being.

Thankfully, he lived to tell the tale and celebrated his 60th birthday in May with a party organised by his wife Amal Clooney.

When asked about how it felt, he stated: "Turning 60 is a bummer. But it’s that or dead. I said to Amal, knock on wood, I’m healthy. I still play basketball with the younger gang. I feel good, but in 20 years I’m 80, and 80 is a real number."

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