George Clooney criticizes viewers who filmed him after 2018 motorcycle crash in Italy
George Clooney speaks out against modern social media culture after his frightening motorcycle accident three years ago.
In 2018, the actor was riding his motorbike on the Italian island of Sardinia when an oncoming car suddenly turned in his lane and he was thrown several meters into the air. Fortunately, despite a speed of around 75 mph, the actor suffered no serious long-term injuries and was able to make a full recovery.
However, speaking to the Sunday Times, Clooney, 60, lamented that no one seemed interested in helping him at the time. Instead, a crowd gathered around him to film the aftermath of the incident.
“I was waiting for my switch to go off,” he began.
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“If you’re in the public eye,” he continued, “What you realize when you’re in the field thinking it’s the last minute of your life is that for some people, it will just be entertainment for their facebook page. I’m a pretty positive guy, but it told me – clearly – that you really are there just for their entertainment. “
He said he wanted to take everyone and “shake them up”.
The actor noted that he was personally trying to avoid using his phone to capture things after the incident. He noted that his reaction when his kids do something is to record it, but now he tries to stay present and in the moment with them.
“People live their lives this way and I fight against it. If my kids are doing something cute, I want to take a picture, but I have to say, ‘Be in the moment, you don’t have to. record everything, “Clooney mused.
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Clooney was thrown over his bike and into the air before landing on the asphalt. It hit the head of a car windshield, causing the glass to shatter before it was knocked to the ground. The media gathered at the John Paul II Hospital in Olbia where Clooney was treated at the time.
Elsewhere in his interview, Clooney spoke in more detail about modern culture, noting that he has paid attention to how Hollywood has been evolving since the fall of Harvey Weinstein and the start of the #MeToo movement.
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“It has changed that way,” he said of Hollywood. “Besides the terrible things Weinstein did, being a jerk at work is not okay anymore.”
The actor also quoted producer Scott Rudin to point out that such behavior is no longer acceptable in the workplace.
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“Just because you’re a boss doesn’t mean you have to piss off people. I’ve been the boss and the guy who pisses himself off,” he explained. “You can’t be an asshole anymore – you’d get put off. Now there is sometimes an overcorrection, where everyone is pointing fingers, but it will work out. It always is. And I can’t imagine a producer having more of a casting session alone in his hotel room with a young girl. It goes in the right direction. “