George Clooney is making headlines today after telling The Guardian that an airline offered him $35 million dollars to shoot a commercial, which would take just one day to film, and he turned it down.
When asked, “Do you ever think: “You know what? I think I have enough money now.” George replied: “Well, yeah. 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.’”
The first thing that came to my mind when I read this was: I picked the wrong career. $35 MILLION?! Heck, I would’ve done it for far fewer zeroes.
Second thing that came to mind: It had to be either one of two airlines to offer that kind of money and for him to turn it down.
It could have been Emirates Airlines since they have the money and feature big movie stars (ahem, Jennifer Aniston) in their commercials.
However, since he said the ally was questionable at times I’m thinking it was Saudia (formerly known as Saudi Arabian Airlines), since they have deep pockets, fly nonstop to Hollywood and they’re an ally that’s questionable at times. Especially after the 9/11 terrorists’ attacks where most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and of course they carried out the brutal Jamal Khashoggi killing.
If I had to guess, my money is on Saudia. Which airline do you think offered George Clooney $35 million?