George Clooney has made serious bank at the box office, and in founding and selling (for an estimated $780M) tequila brand Casamigos, so he can make choices most people would only dream of when it comes to work.
For example, the actor turned down $35 million for one day of work. He told the Guardian: “I was offered $35m for one day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer he married in 2014 about it and we decided it’s not worth it. It was associated with a country that, although it’s an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought: ‘Well, if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.'”
He also revealed how he’s avoided any major public missteps: “I was 33, 34 when ER took off, so I was older, right? Also, his aunt Rosemary was a huge singer – huge! And then rock’n’roll came and she lost her career. And she didn’t get it, because at 21 she thought she was the real deal and by 26 it was gone. So, I’m lucky enough to understand how little the fame side has to do with me.”