George Clooney reveals $ 14 million cash gift to his 14 closest friends


However, the logistics of saying thank you could have been turned into a storyline for another Clooney blockbuster.Finding $ 14million (£ 10.5million) in cash is trickier than it looks.

After some research, the actor discovered that there was a place in downtown Los Angeles where the money was stored on pallets.

He got his hands on an old florist’s van and, accompanied by his assistant and a few nervous “guards”, went to get the money.

Clooney bought 14 tote bags. packing $ 1 million in each.

He then invited his friends over to his house.

“And I just held up a map and just pointed out all the places I need to go in the world and all the things I could see because of them,” he recalls.

“And I said, ‘How do you pay people like that? … Oh, well: how about a million dollars? ‘ ”

Clooney also told the magazine how he bet Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle $ 10,000 to stay in a “haunted house” across from his house on Lake Como.

He managed to convince the 12 Ocean co-stars that the house was haunted.

The challenge was to spend the night in the house having received a candle, six matches and a bottle of wine.

Pitt and Cheadle took the bet while Clooney and actor Matt Damon rowed the middle of the lake to see how long their co-stars would last.

The answer was not very long.

“We’re sitting in the boat in the middle of the lake,” he says. “And we have to see the candle go by every window. It goes like two or three windows and then we get a call – “Get us out of this house!” “”

“And we came back and took them out.


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