George Clooney is sharing more details about his near-fatal motorcycle accident in Italy.
In an interview with the Sunday Times published Saturday, the “Ocean’s Eleven” star, 60, said he “was waiting for my switch to turn off” after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle while filming “Catch 22” in Sardinia in 2018. “I’m fine now,” Clooney added.
The actor-director recalled laying on the ground when he noticed a crowd gathering around him. Most of the people started taking photos and recording videos of his injuries — something Clooney found disturbing.
“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 told the newspaper. “I’m a pretty positive guy, but that told me, clearly, that you really are here just for their entertainment.”
Looking back at the bystanders’ impulse to record him rather than offer to help, Clooney added, “You want to take every one and shake them.”
Amid the accident, Clooney was thrown over the handlebars when a vehicle hit his bike. Following the incident, the actor, who suffered bruises due to the crash, was hospitalized before being released several days later.
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He later revealed during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he was hit so “hard” during the crash that it “split my helmet in half” and “knocked me out of my shoes.”
Clooney previously joked that wife Amal Clooney — whom he wed in 2014 — has since forbidden him from riding on motorcycles.
“I’m not allowed to ride motorcycles,” he said during a “Catch 22” panel in 2019. “I got into a really bad accident. I hit a guy at 70 miles an hour on my bike. Got launched. And so, I’m off of bikes.”
Meanwhile, during his new interview, Clooney also spoke about “extreme fame,” which he described as a “bug light.”