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George Clooney has the life: He pals around with the likes of Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, jets off on romantic Mexican getaways with his gorgeous girlfriend Stacy Keibler, and, according to Ides of March costar Ryan Gosling, is "good at everything." But, as Clooney told NPR back in 2005, he contemplated ending it all after suffering an excruciating back injury (which required multiple surgeries) while filming a torture scene in Syriana -- a role, by the way, that won him an Oscar for best supporting actor.
Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, the 50-year-old actor goes into greater detail about the pain he was experiencing at the time, and whether he ever really would have acted on his suicidal thoughts.
"I was at a point where I thought, 'I can't exist like this. I can't actually live,'" Clooney recalls. "I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you're having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, 'I may have to do something drastic about this.'"
Thankfully, Clooney didn't do anything "drastic" -- and, in the Rolling Stone interview, he explains why.
"You start to think in terms of, you don't want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine. It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I'd get there," he says. "See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive."
Lest you think George's interview with the magazine is on the morose side, he also uses it as a platform to expound eloquently about an unusual obsession he shares with his friends: farts. Seriously.
"We think it's one of the funniest things in the history of mankind. Even the idea of a fart makes me laugh," he admits. "Saying the word 'fart' makes me laugh. I have iFart on my phone. I have remote whoopee cushions. Farts. To me, there's nothing funnier."