Yes, after talking with his wife, Amal Clooney, George Clooney decided to refuse to do an airline commercial that would pay him $35 million for a single day’s work.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, he was asked if he had ever experienced a feeling like “You know what? I think I have enough money.”
“Well, yeah. I was offered 35 million dollars for one day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal 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’.
As Vitmor already mentioned in his detailed answer, it seems Clooney says that it was an airline company from an ally country. In their comments to this answer, some quora users stated that the mentioned company could be Turkish Airlines. As a Turk, I was also curious.
I did research on google and found the following interview with Ali Genç about his book, who was the press advisor of Turkish Airlines between 2005-2016, which was held in 2016. The translation of the relevant paragraph is as follows:
Genç, who wrote in his book that the famous actor Kevin Costner had also met with famous Hollywood stars George Clooney and Pierce Brosnan before THY was made a commercial star in 2009, said, “Clooney demanded 12 million dollars and Brosnan 7 million dollars, while the agreed-upon figure for Kevin Costner was around 1.5 million dollars,” he said.
It seems that Turkish Airlines did indeed contact Clooney in 2009 (years before he started dating Amal), and Clooney demanded $12 million. Even Brosnan’s demand of $7 million was high for Turkish Airlines. It would not be wrong to say that the mentioned airline company cannot be Turkish Airlines.
He had some personal issues with the country that operates the airline and decided that “if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.’”
Some may feel that he could have put his issues aside for a day and donated the money to charity. But then there is also the question of ‘tainted money’ and whether any charity would have been entirely happy to accept
George Clooney said he once turned away $35 million for one day’s work on an airline commercial, after discussing the prospect with his wife, Amal Clooney.
In a new interview with the Guardian, published by Business Insider, the Oscar-winning actor and producer explained his decision.
George Clooney turned down $35m for a day’s filming of an airline ad
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