George Clooney doesn’t have to star in movies if he doesn’t feel like it. In fact, he doesn’t have to do anything if he doesn’t feel like it.
The 56-year-old actor revealed that he only earned $ 50,000 to produce, write and direct “Suburbicon,” a passion project that took two years to make.
But the movie was never about the money.
“Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl any more. I shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl,” Clooney told The Sunday Times.
“But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in ‘The Verdict,’ I’d jump. But there aren’t that many like that. Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion f–king dollars. I don’t need money.”
That isn’t an exaggeration: Clooney’s Casamigos sold to Diageo, the owner of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Cîroc, for $ 1 billion in June.
That lump of cash, plus decades’ worth of work, has given the new dad of two the freedom to pick his projects carefully.
“I have money, so I can fight to make movies I want to make. If you look at what I’ve been in over the past 15 years, for the most part they weren’t going to get made if I didn’t do them. Nobody was going to make ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ ‘Michael Clayton’ or ‘Up in the Air,’ and I fought to get those out there,” Clooney told The Sunday Times.
“Pitt’s doing that a lot too. Brad does it, and that’s a good use of celebrity, or whatever the f–k that is. I’ll make money other ways if I have to. I used to do coffee commercials.”
That isn’t an exaggeration either. Ask Nespresso.