George Clooney defined having more than enough money as being able to say ‘no’ when offered $35 million for a day’s work filming a commercial for an airline. He decided it ‘wasn’t worth it’ because the airline was from a country that “although it’s an ally, is questionable at times” and so he “thought: ‘Well, if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.'”
The interviewer asked him whether he’d ever thought, “I have enough money now.”
“Well, yeah. I was offered $35 million for one day’s work for an airline commercial,” he said, adding that he consulted with Amal, his wife, “and we decided it’s not worth it.”
He doesn’t share which airline it is, which country, or even when this was but I’m going to guess the country is the United Arab Emirates, and suggesting that the airline would likely have been Emirates or Etihad… probably about six years ago. (Qatar Airways criticized celebrity ads at the time.) That’s when:
- Emirates did adwork featuring Jennifer Aniston
- Etihad did adwork featuring Nicole Kidman
Of course it’s possible I’ve got this wrong, because Turkey might fall into this same category of country and Turkish Airlines went with Kevin Costner.
Of course Clooney isn’t beyond doing commercials. He’s made over $40 million advertising Nespresso
He actually has done an airline commercial. It took a lot more than just one day to film. And he wasn’t even paid anything extra. All American Airlines had to do was provide the locations for Up In The Air.
(HT: Paul H.)