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Actor George Clooney says that he thought he was going to die after a July car accident in Italy.
Clooney, 57 was tossed over the top of his engine while driving on a highway in the summer. The star is traveling at high speed, when another car unexpectedly pulled for him to make the turn. The subsequent collision sent Clooney to fly a distance of about 20 feet in the air and requires a visit to a hospital in Olbia.
The “Catch-22” star previously revealed that the incident made him stop riding for good, that he explained during an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter’s First Look.”
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“I had to stop. I hit him at 70 miles per hour,” he said. “I split my helmet in half, it knocked me of my shoes… It is hard hit. It was bad, I was just waiting for the switch to turn off. I broke his windshield with my head. And I thought: “OK, well, that’s my neck.'”
Fortunately, Clooney was released from the hospital very shortly after to be admitted, as his injuries were minor. He revealed that the accident will not even stall production of its new series. He claimed that he was back at work just four days after the almost fatal crash.
Clooney continued: “If you have nine lives, I’ve used them all.”
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The star noted that his producer and co-enthusiast, Grant Heslov is also driving out for the good after the incident.
“I made a deal if I was with him waiting for the ambulance,” Heslov explains. “I said to myself, ‘If he lives, I will never ride a motorcycle again.'”
“It was both Grant and I — after 40 years of riding together off of motorcycles for good,” Clooney concluded.
In a recent panel to promote “Catch-22” Clooney revealed that his wife Amal, had something to do with the decision to put an end to his motorcycle hobby.
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“We have screwed up and our wives were like, ‘You can never be on a bike again,” he said of himself and Heslov.