There are good friends, then there are best friends, and then there’s George Clooney, who would do literally anything for his friends, apparently.
Well, being friends with George Clooney sounds really cool as it is, but now there’s one more added incentive. Everyone knows he’s a good guy, but 14 of his closest friends know how much of a good guy he is.
When he first moved to Los Angeles, he got by with a little help from his friends, and then years later he showed all of those friends his appreciation in a true Hollywood manner – by giving all of them $1 million each for always supporting him.
BRB, need to google how to make a time machine and go back in time to become besties with Georgie.
Actually, there’s one more proof of him being an incredible person. This whole incident happened back in 2013, and for four years no one knew about it because he didn’t do it for the attention, he really is genuinely nice.
This just recently came to light when George’s close friend and business partner Rande Gerber recalled the big-hearted gesture during an appearance on the MSNBC show Headliners. It was all a surprise.
Gerber said, “There’s a group of guys that we call ‘The Boys.’ George had called me and ‘The Boys’ and said, ‘Hey, mark September 27, 2013 on your calendar. Everyone’s going to come to my house for dinner.”
When all of George’s guests arrived, they were greeted with black suitcases at each of their spots around a table. So mysterious, so f*cking cool.
He went on, “George begins to say, ‘Listen, I want you guys to know how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life. I came to L.A., I slept on your couch. I’m so fortunate in my life to have all of you and I couldn’t be where I am today without all of you. So, it was really important to me that while we’re still all here together, that I give back. So, I want you all to open your suitcases.’”
And, the suspense is over – inside each of those black suitcases was $1 million in $20 bills. He remembered, “Every one of us—14 of us—got a million dollars. Every single one of us. We’re in shock. Like, what is this? He goes, ‘I know we’ve all been through some hard times, some of you are still going through it. You don’t have to worry about your kids, you don’t have to worry about, you know, school, you don’t have to worry about paying your mortgage.’”
“One was working at a bar in Texas at the airport, trying just to support his family,” he added. “Rides a bicycle to work every day. I mean these are guys that took care of George and now he’s giving it all back. And George said, ‘Not only that, I have paid everyone’s taxes so this million dollars is yours.’”
After that, Gerber told George he would never be able to accept such a generous gift, the latter had the perfect response. Side note – can we just appreciate how humble everyone is?
Gerber said, “I pull him aside and said, ‘I absolutely am not taking this million dollars.’ Immediately George goes, ‘I’m just going to make one announcement. If Rande doesn’t take the million dollars, nobody gets it.’”
Reportedly, he finally complied but ended up donating the whole amount to charity.
Even though George didn’t really expect anything in return for this kind gesture, Gerber noted that he did get his reward exactly a year later. “That was September 27th, 2013. Now September 27, 2014, he marries Amal. That’s good karma right there.”
Good karma, indeed.
Also, everyone right now –
I want to be one of George Clooney’s “boys” that he gives a million dollars to so fucking badly pic.twitter.com/0lwxLqDDey
— “Riggs” (@RiggsBarstool) December 13, 2017