November 11th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
In an interview with Rolling Stone, George Clooney reveals that he was injured attempting a stunt for “Syriana” in 2005. The actor says the resulting pain was so extreme that he considered taking his own life.
The botched stunt left Clooney with a spinal injury that caused excruciating headaches. “I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live,’" he says.
"I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this,'" the actor recalls. "You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine."
That would seem "like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I’d get there," Clooney continued. "See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.”
To numb the pain, he simply turned to copious amounts of alcohol.
But these days, the 50-year-old actor is in better health, and better spirits. He enthusiastically reported a love of farts to the magazine. "[It's] one of the funniest things in the history of mankind,” Clooney says of passing gas. “Even the idea of a fart makes me laugh. Saying the word 'fart' makes me laugh. I have iFart on my phone. I have remote whoopee cushions. Farts. To me, there's nothing funnier."
Clooney’s next film is upcoming drama “The Descendants.” "If it's not nominated for best picture, I'll be shocked,” he says of the film, which hits theaters November 16. “It's that good."
Read Clooney's full interview in Rolling Stone's latest issue, on newsstands today.
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