George Clooney nearly died in a terrifying motorbike accident last summer, when he collided with a moving car.
The 58-year-old smashed the windshield of a Mercedes with his head during the crash in Italy, where he was filming Catch 22 at the time.
And the show’s producer, Grant Heslov, revealed the ordeal was ‘much worse’ than anyone thought at the time – as he believed the 58-year-old was dead.
During an appearance on This Morning, the 56-year-old told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: ‘That morning was bad, much worse than the press understood.
‘He was behind me, and we came up over a hill. I saw a guy who was going to turn, we locked eyes, and then he went.
‘It just missed me, and I heard this “Kaboom!”, and I just thought, “Oh my God, George is dead.”
‘I was holding him [in my arms], and I said, “If he lives, I’ll give up. I’ll never ride a motorcycle again.” The amazing thing is, he didn’t have a broken bone.’
While he managed to survive the crash, George revealed he was lucky to be alive.
‘I was very lucky to pull out of that one,’ the Ocean’s Eleven star told the hosts.
‘That officially got me off of motorbikes after 40 years, which is unfortunate.’
When asked if wife Amal ‘forbade him from riding motorbikes again’, he continued: ‘It was one of those conversations when we were coming home from the hospital, and she said: “That’s it.”
‘I was thinking, “Maybe I can still get away with this,” and then my buddy who was also in the accident with me, Grant, he’s the other producer of this, said “I’m off”. Then there was nothing I could do, I was ganged up on.’
The dad-of-two was reportedly launched 20-feet into the air in the smash last July, before being rushed to Olbia hospital in Sardinia.
George Clooney’s motorbike accident was ‘much worse’ than we knew: ‘I was very lucky’
Miraculously, George was not seriously injured and was discharged to recover at home shortly afterward.
And, like a total pro, he returned to the set of Catch-22 a few weeks later.
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by – metro.co.uk