George Clooney talks about difficult childhood, suicide

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, George Clooney spoke about how difficult it was growing up in the shadow of his father, Cincinnati newsman Nick Clooney. “You have to remember that in the microcosm of Cincinnati, Ohio through northern Kentucky, my father was a big, big star. So that made my sister and me really visible. Everybody knew us, talked about us. If I scored 15 points in a basketball game, the paper would say, ‘Nick Clooney’s son scored 15 points’.” George also revealed his experience with Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis that he developed in his teenage years. “It was very awkward, being watched like that, everybody looking at us, and then all of a sudden your face goes flat?” George remembered. “It was a tricky thing. So, you develop a better personality and learn how to make jokes about it.” He also talked about injuring himself on the set of Syriana in 2005, saying that the pain was so bad he contemplated suicide. “I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live,'” he told the magazine. “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.'” He added that he considered turning on his car in the garage and sitting in it. “It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I’d get there,” he explained. However, George’s pain finally ended after a successful operation to fix the injury.

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  1. Carl • November 14, 2011 @ 2:03 PM

    What a whiner. Too bad about the surgery.

  2. Joshua • November 14, 2011 @ 2:33 PM

    I hear yeah George. Sometimes when we are at our wits end we opt for death. But alot of the time things can turn around. Just have to get some faith in the universe…if you can muster any.

  3. Karen • November 14, 2011 @ 3:23 PM

    Carl..what the heck is wrong with you?

  4. Rita • November 15, 2011 @ 4:37 AM

    They could have gotten painkillers transported in for him!!! The person Responsible for on-the-spot medical supplies should’ve been fired. Or it looks like there wasn’t such a person. All of these ideas R a no-brainer…

  5. Sara • November 15, 2011 @ 5:31 PM

    Rita, he was in a hospital – you think they’re not giving him painkillers? What the heck was the IV for, then? The issue was likely that the painkillers were not effective.

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